Message - Koolhaas at IIT

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Posted by  Stephen F Smith on November 20, 2003 at 14:35:56:

I attended IIT in architecture from 1975-1980 and I really did not want to like this building (I live in New Mexico and have only seen the building in photos since its completion). The diagrammatic nature of the building interior goes against the nature of the entire campus geometry. The colors are bright in contrast to the muted or all-black buildings sprinkled across the remainder of the campus. It occupies a challenging site (to say the least). Yet there is "something" about the rectilinear volume of the building, the subtle quality of the materials, the gentle enfolding of the original Commons Building, that actually works well! Now I must return to Chicago to view it in person. What do other Chicagoans and IIT alums think about the building?

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