Chicago Federal Center by Mies van der Rohe

By | August 24, 2013
Chicago Federal Center by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with US Post Office Loop Station down in the middle and Alexander Calder's red Flamingo sculpture.

Chicago Federal Center by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with US Post Office Loop Station down in the middle and Alexander Calder’s red Flamingo sculpture.

Besides others, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has formed architecture of Chicago.

The Chicago Federal Center, designed by the german-american Bauhaus icon, actually consists of three buildings which are arranged around and define Chicago Federal Plaza. The buildings are named:

  • Kluczynski Federal Building
  • United States Post Office Loop Station
  • Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse (or simply The Dirksen Federal Building).

The whole complex, located at 230 South Dearborn Street, was completed in 1974, five years after Mies’s death. On the picture above you only see one-storey Post office by Mies van der Rohe down in the middle. More glass, less walls: Pretty the same is for example the New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) in Berlin, Germany.

The red sculpture in the foreground is Alexander Calder’s Flamingo. The armchair-like building centered in the background is Bankers Building (finished 1927, designed by Burnham Brothers). Worth to mention remains Edison Building, also known as 61 West Adams, in the style of Neoclassicism right in the background (finsihed 1907).

Another view, again with Post Office down in the middle (on the left hand-side you see parts of Kluczynski Federal Building):

Chicago Federal Center by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with US Post Office Loop Station.

Chicago Federal Center by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with US Post Office Loop Station.

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