You are here


Alive in the Hive: Inside Marina City

Anyone who’s spent time in the Loop has no doubt noticed the honeycomb towers of Marina City standing over the Chicago River. Architect Bertrand Goldberg’s “city within a city” forms one of most unique parts of the Chicago skyline. The interior of Marina City is just as unconventional, with residential units that have multiple balconies and almost no right angles. Upon learning of these “pie in the sky” apartments with their triangular floor plans, one can’t help but wonder who lives in a place like that?

Architect Iker Gil and photographer Andreas Larsson offer a rejoinder to your wonderment with Inside Marina City, a companion show to Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention, granting a rare glimpse into the domestic life of Marina City residents. Since the apartments have remained relatively affordable all these years, a rich variety of nests have been feathered there from all walks of life. While some residents have renovated and redesigned their homes entirely, others have left many of the original fixtures and appliances intact. Indulge your voyeuristic side with a peek inside Marina City before the exhibition closes January 15.

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and can be found in the Museum Shop.