New Chicago - Spertus

    What I saw on a quick trip. Here's the lobby atrium of the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. And it reflects the faceted glass exterior, which plays off well against the historic stone Michigan Avenue street wall. Following it just enough, and being contemporary at the same time.
    The light that the glass lets in displays Spertus' mission of spreading light and of being enlightened, but - is this building Jewish? Can a building be Jewish? New Yorker magazine architecture critic Paul Goldberger will discuss that and more at the Spertus on January 27. Goldberger's always good.

    Here's are views of Chicago's Grant Park from the windows of the new Spertus.

    Great views of the park, looking east, north and south are opened up.

    Natural light also enters the art galleries.

    And here's the "signature" staircase, back in the entrance lobby. Very Miesian. Architects Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton are of the Mies/IIT school.

    Nice, modern, clean, sleek.

    I'll post more soon. And on the new Helmut Jahn tower, the new Renzo Piano wing of the Art Institute and more.

    Now I'm off to Williamstown, Mass. to see the new Tadao Ando building - a partly wooden building, in the woods, combining nature and art - for the already wonderful and soon to be that much more wonderful Clark Art Institute.

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