More Mies restoration


    The Social Services Administration Building at the University of Chicago, designed by the office of Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1965, will soon be restored and renovated.

    Though not a Mies masterpiece a' la Crown Hall, the SSA building has served the school well and is certainly worth maintaining.

    Leading the work will be Krueck and Sexton, who along with Gunny Harboe did such a great job restoring Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and are now renovating Mies' 860-880 Lake Shore Drive. (Painting at Lake Shore drive is almost complete. Travertine is being chosen in Italy to redo the plaza.)

    -E


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Mies in Mannheim

    As close as you're ever going to get to this unbuilt building.



    Nice sound in this video too. Nice to "walk through" this.

    The openness of it and the use of glass make me think of the auditorium at Boston's (one year old) Institute of Contemporary Art, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. In that project, fifty years after Mies, the auditorium is also open to the outside via floor-to-ceiling glass.

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Wanna buy a Mies?

Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Le Corbusier

    In Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center - Cambridge, Massachusetts
    "Untitled" (Placebo - Landscape - For Roni)
    November 8, 2007–January 4, 2008





    Shimmers. Corb's relationship to the ground is always interesting, so this posthumous placement of a Gonzelez-Torres opus, one even with the word "landscape" in the title, works well in the Carpenter Center.


    Of course, I'd also love to see it in Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology! Mies's works also bear an interesting relationship to the ground.

    The Mies Society, and IIT's College of Architecture are producing art in Crown Hall, including a collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. IIT architecture students are working on designs and environments for dances. They'll premiere in Crown Hall on January 25 and 26th - by invitation only. The first public performance will be January 27 at 5:00 pm.

    And of course, the lobby of Lever House, as of tonight, is filled with 30 dead sheep, one dead shark, two sides of beef, 300 sausages, and a pair of doves.

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Wanna buy a Gropius?


    About $12 million. In Provincetown, Massachusetts. Atop a high promontory at the tip of Cape Cod


    Rarely seen by the public, it'll go on the block next month.




    West meets East at the entrance of teak. Japanese temple-like.


    The original owners, the Murchisons sit by the pool in 1959.



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