Crown Hall, by Mies Van der Rohe, 1950-56 - in Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),Chicago, USA
The building is configured as a self-contained in a rectangular shape on two levels.
Is a free volume with its four walls of glass, surrounded by a large green area, with large trees, mainly in the south facade. The glazing on all sides that allows the faculty do not give back the rest of the buildings, while respecting the context.
It is characterized by an industrial aesthetic of simplicity, clearly stated in their steel frames. The building is divided into two levels: the main floor, shaped like a large space and a semi-buried where they are located the offices, meeting rooms and services.
The main floor comprises a single glass-enclosed space devoted to the study of architecture. Mies called it a “universal space” to be totally flexible in its use. The divisions that has very few moving parts, made with lightweight panels that allow you to place the space as required.
The vegetation surrounding the building a calm working environment, helps regulate the sunlight on the glass facade and makes the view much more pleasant for users inside the building. The building itself is designed for the benefit of users and not only as an aesthetic element.
The facades of glass create an open environment, giving the feeling of working outdoors in a park, with the view to the skyscrapers of Chicago and vegetation.