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lake shore drive apartments, chicago (1948-1951)

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in growing out and away from the main current of
the international style, mies has been drawn
towards the production of pristine, simplified
forms, with a detailing which is logical as well as
romantic.
the careful craftsman-like adjustment,
that he imparts to the rythms and proportions of his
façades. the steel skeletal frame is based on a
21-foot grid and is clearly expressed in the elevations,
indicated by black-painted steel sheets covering the
fireproofed columns and beams.
each bay is subdivided into four window units by
three wide-flange steel mullions.
within these divisions aluminum-framed floor-to-ceiling
windows are set.
these structure was unique not only in the glass
and metal detailing, but also in the siting.
it created ordered precincts distinct from surrounding
urban activity.










lake shore apartments, 1951





chairs on the 26th floor of the
lake shore drive apartments
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under construction, 1950/51
lake shore drive apartment building
ludwig mies van der rohe
© hedrich-blessing
courtesy chicago historical society



lakeshore drive apartment building
ludwig mies van der rohe
© guido guidi
courtesy canadian center for architecture, montreal