Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus is in Architectural Digest’s “The Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture.”
It’s not just Mies’ design that won them over, but Rem Koolhaas’ 2003 McCormick Tribune Campus Center, which features a large glass portrait of Mies at its main entrance (in addition to other, far more subtle, references revealed in our Mies campus tour. Find out how you can take a tour here.)› Read more
If you find bricks tediously repetitious, you probably shouldn’t study architecture at IIT. Here, students spend a whole semester studying and drawing brickwork, as prescribed by the curriculum Mies developed when he was head of the department from 1938 to 1958.
Mies didn’t see anything wrong with repetition. On IIT’s campus, he worked almost exclusively with the English cross bond arrangement, which consists of alternating rows of stretchers (full bricks) and headers (half bricks).
While here, he also perfected the famous Mies corner, made possible through a quoin, which is to say by ending each row of headers with a three-quarter length brick. The effect where the walls join is something like an unzippered zipper, revealing the Mies corner—two I-beams joined by two flat panels of steel—in between. This use of steel gestures at the internal structure of the building without actually revealing it.
You can see Mies’ beautiful brickwork, over and over again, on one of our daily tours of IIT’s Main Campus.
As a bonus, we couldn’t not link you to this.
Photos courtesy of bw3030 and faasdant, respectively.› Read more
Stanley Tigerman, the heavily credentialed and acclaimed architect whose most famous Mies reference is likely his collage of Crown Hall sinking into the water (The Titanic, 1978), will be the inaugural speaker for “Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas.”
The Friday, September 9 talk begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. It will be in the Glen A. Lloyd Auditorium at the University of Chicago Law School. For more information and tickets, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.› Read more