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Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, Library and Administration Building Proposal

An elevation drawing of a strikingly horizontal building with an almost entirely glass facade and passersby in the foreground.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • An elevation drawing of a strikingly horizontal building with an almost entirely glass facade and passersby in the foreground.

Date:

c. 1944

Artist:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
American, born Germany, 1886-1969

About this artwork

The unbuilt Library and Administration Building is often considered one of Mies’s most significant designs for IIT. In addition to proposed technical innovations in steel construction, the building features a complex program for library stacks and open offices. Mies intended this design to emphasize individual functions and the whole building as parallel yet unified experiences of space.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Architect)

Title

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, Library and Administration Building Proposal

Origin

Illinois Institute of Technology

Date

Designed 1939–1949

Medium

Charcoal, graphite, and yellow pencil on tracing paper

Dimensions

72 × 106.7 cm (28 × 42 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Auxiliary Board of The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1987.46

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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