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Crown Hall

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, United States.

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Housing Illinois’s Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, this is one of Mies van der Rohe's greatest designs. The architect saw it as testimony of his philosophy of a universal space building. Cleverly melding architecture and technology, Crown Hall is an early example of a long-span pavilion - Mies van der Rohe used this a flexible building type in his Federal Center Post Office in Chicago and the National Gallery in Berlin. Crown Hall is a column-free, with four exterior columns on each side of the building, supporting four plate girders which in turn support the roof. With its clean proportions, the structure acts as the decoration too. Its transparent walls offering wonderful views, it is a most worthy building for the study of architecture.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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