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Charles M. Harper Center

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Rafael Vinoly Architects
location Illinois, Chicago
function university
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The Charles M. Harper Center is an intriguing blend of disparate styles. The Gothic Style dominates most of the University of Chicago, but lately it has been transitioning to a more Modern look. Directly to the north of the center lies Frank Lloyd Wright's 1910 masterpiece, the Robie House. Vinoly's design does a wonderful job of reflecting both while keeping it contemporary at the same time. The exterior massing of the school is set back over seven storeys, using linear limestone and cantilevered floors as a nod toward Wright's design. The centre of the project, however, is a soaring, glass enclosed atrium, with 83 foot tall steel columns with curved beams found in the Gothic Style. This enclosed space serves as a gathering and mingling area, encouraging idea sharing from different fields.

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Charles M. Harper Center
S. Woodlawn Ave 5807
United States
Project is public!
How to get there? From Lake Shore Drive: Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus. From the freeways: Take I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
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Completion 2004
ArchitectRafael Vinoly Architects
Project ID 3233
Latitude/Longitude 41°47'21N 87°35'44W
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