Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Less is More

Built along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive in 1949, these twin towers are among the greatest works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Celebrations of simplicity and geometry, they were the architect's first high-rise compositions in steel and glass.

I very much enjoyed the article in Preservation Magazine "Less is More"  which outlines their majestic restoration by Chicago architect Michael J. Pado and others who are dedicated to the preservation of mid-century modern design.

More than 60 years after they opened, the buildings still rank at the highest levels of contemporary design.

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