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S.R. Crown Hall

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
location Illinois, Chicago
function education
contributed by numstead

S.R. Crown Hall embodies Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's concept of universal space. Rather than designing narrowly for a specific purpose, Mies sought to create a structure that could be adapted to different uses as needs changed over time. He realized this goal by moving all structural supports to the building's exterior wall, thus creating a large clearspan structure with 120 x 220 x 18 feet of unencumbered interior space. Mies knew he had achieved something extraordinary with Crown Hall, and he called it "the clearest structure we have done, the best to express our philosophy." Crown Hall was and continues to be a standard for architects everywhere. It is named after Sol R. Crown, Colonel Henry Crown's brother, who co-founded Material Service Corporation. Colonel Henry Crown was a member of IIT's Board of Trustees (text from website Illinois Institute of Technology).

cj says:
It's very pretty, and I wish I lived there. But I don't, so I can survive with my life of disappointment, towards my parents for not buying this house instead of my house.
durpman says:
It is a temple of architecture. Gorgeous structural expression that defines its time and yet has a sense of timelessness. The open plan creates wonderful moments for collaboration and crosspollination of ideas. The lower level spaces are underplayed for sure, but it is all about maximizing the inspiring studio space. It just feels great to be in the space. The restoration in the 2000s was fantastic and made the building sign like the day it was opened.
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Completion 1956
ArchitectLudwig Mies van der Rohe
Client Illinois Institute of Technology
Project ID 2359
Latitude/Longitude 41°49'59N 87°37'38W
Contributed by numstead
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