IBM Plaza...

Mies final stroke of genius was IBM Plaza on the north bank of the Chicago River between State Street and Wabash. Completed in 1972 after his death in 1969, IBM is Mies through and through. The great thing about this building is that it is nearly untouched from the time it was completed right down to the original sign (less the web address of course).

I shot these images last night, instead of my usual focus of the building, I focused on the lobby and surrounding plaza. Mies always did his designs on a grid, and everything lines up to it, right down to the cracks between the slabs of granite on the plaza.

Looking towards Marina City across State Street.

Note the lines between the travertine marble on the wall match up to the lines on the plaza, as well as the frame of the door, and so on and so on...


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