Mies van der Rohe - 900-910 Lake Shore Drive - Chicago
N 41° 53.972 W 087° 37.163
16T E 448623 N 4638807
Quick Description: The Esplanade Apartments were the first high-rise buildings designed by Mies to fully implement a continuous exterior curtain wall that was articulated separate from the building’s structural frame.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 7/20/2011 12:40:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMC3EJ
This technology was used by Mies in all his future high-rise projects, including the celebrated Seagram Building completed in 1958, and has become the standard in modern high quality high-rise construction.
The fact that the buildings still require relatively low maintenance expenditures, is a testament to the brilliant, simple Mies design.
Having broken significant new ground with the stunning 860–880 towers, Mies van der Rohe moved his design forward and utilized more advanced engineering methods with the 900–910 Apartments.
While the earlier towers were the first in the world to show the promise of glass-and-steel-frame construction, the 900–910 towers were the first to fully realize the aluminum and glass curtain wall which became the hallmark of Mies’ work.
These new 29-story apartment buildings, completed in 1955, fulfilled Mies’ vision of four modern glass towers rippling along Lake Shore Drive just North of Chicago Avenue. The 900–910 towers became Mies’ template for numerous other modern high rise buildings in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.
Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Building Type: Residential
Date Built: 1955
City building is located in: Chicago
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