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Old July 10th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #101
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Here's a closeup of the frit pattern. Sorry there's nothing in the image to offer scale, but each dot is about 6 mm in diameter. Bear in mind that this fašade has full eastern exposure. The solar loading would be devastating without a frit.

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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #102
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Okay... that picture is amazing! Spertus doesn't even look real!!! I never would've guessed it to have any kind of presence from the lake.
Wait until this thing is lit up at night. Also thanks for the upclose "frit" picture MrDT
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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #103
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Excellent shot. Spertus looks amazing from out there.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #104
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Does anyone know what will happen to the Harrison Hotel + Travelodge sign, and the horrible parking structure it sits atop?

I don't care if it's the tallest parking garage in Chicago, it's a blight.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 09:11 PM   #105
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They should take down the Firstar Bank sign while they're at it (just out of the picture above, to the right.) I can't believe they covered all the letters with fabric, presumably because the bank relocated or was bought out, and then left it like that. It sure adds to the spectacular westward views from Millenium Park...
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Old November 9th, 2007, 06:46 AM   #106
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The New Spertus is Open to the Public!
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Old November 9th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #107
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I guess this means we can put this one into the "Completed" column.

FYI: According to Dan_In_Chicago from Emporis, the official height is 161'.

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Old November 9th, 2007, 10:15 PM   #108
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Shots by Cbautz at SSP (check out his thread):

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Old November 21st, 2007, 07:38 PM   #109
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Here's a closeup of the frit pattern. Sorry there's nothing in the image to offer scale, but each dot is about 6 mm in diameter. Bear in mind that this fašade has full eastern exposure. The solar loading would be devastating without a frit.
http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Coda...e-New-Spertus/

Behind the (Curtain) Wall: the New Spertus

Q: Is there a weird "only Cassie would be interested in this" fact that you're going to include?
A: Why, yes, yes there is. If you look closely at the glass, you'll see hundreds of little dots. Another writer and I were curious about them; is the only purpose they serve to reduce the glare? No, it turns out. The ceramic dots give the glass wall texture, which, in turn, helps birds see the building. An extraordinary number of birds fly into Chicago buildings and die every year. This is a way to curb the birds' early trips to heaven.

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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/6...rtus21.article
New Spertus a crowning jewel for Michigan Ave.
OPENS NOV. 30 | Glass facade resembles irregularly cut gem

November 21, 2007
BY KEVIN NANCE


Michigan Avenue has a fresh jewel in its crown: the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, whose faceted glass facade is in sharp contrast to the more traditional architecture surrounding it on Chicago's most famous streetwall.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:18 PM   #110
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More pics in the Trib article

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,2692764.story

Spertus now showcase from top to bottom
10-story Institute of Jewish Studies draws visitors inside

By William Mullen
November 21, 2007


It used to be that you had to look pretty carefully at the buildings in the 600 block of South Michigan Avenue if you wanted to find the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, housed in a nondescript little office building next to a vacant lot.








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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:53 PM   #111
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this is an awesome building. very chicago
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 07:41 PM   #112
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Please elaborate. Especially if one thinks of the classic Chicago School forms and palette of materials, this seems about as nonChicago as one can imagine . . .

(Nota bene: I am not trying to provoke an argument about whether it's attractive nor about whether it's appropriate for the Michigan Avenue streetwall. I'm simply curious about the "very Chicago" remark.)
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 08:15 PM   #113
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You're thinking too much in terms of the traditional definition of the Chicago School which I think is very common - I think this represents a new generation of the Chicago School and a new way of presenting what that definition represents - before, "Chicago School" architecture followed a very specific pattern (the tripartite window presentation, the marrying of neo-classicism with then-contemporary building innovations, etc.), which is what defined the architecture of that time, but now, it isn't a consistency of the design which defines Chicago School, but rather the fact that the architects themselves, based here, working here, innovating here, THAT is the new definition of Chicago school - Ralph Johnson, Mark Sexton, Jeannie Gang, John Ronan, Elvia Rubio, Adrian Smith, the newer designers at SOM etc.; I think that is one of the biggest differences between architecture here in Chicago vs. NYC for example, where architects from around the world bring their designs to New York - Maki, Foster, Jean Nouvel, Gehry; where there is no "NYC School" - lots of great architects in NYC, but no true definition of a style emerging from the city - whereas in Chicago, the home-grown talent defines the course of the designs.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 11:46 PM   #114
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I think that is one of the biggest differences between architecture here in Chicago vs. NYC for example, where architects from around the world bring their designs to New York - Maki, Foster, Jean Nouvel, Gehry; where there is no "NYC School" - lots of great architects in NYC, but no true definition of a style emerging from the city - whereas in Chicago, the home-grown talent defines the course of the designs.
As wonderful and inspiring as that sounds, I'm gonna be pragmatic here: the reason Chicago projects use local designers is because they don't want to pay the astronomical costs of hiring international starchitects. Even here, the projects with the highest profiles (the Spire, Millennium Park) go for the starchitects.

We're lucky to have such amazing local talent, though.
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 04:40 AM   #115
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^ I'm in total agreement here, yes, Gehry, Renzo Piano, Calatrava, etc., have made significant contributions to the local architectural landscape, but I think the point has been missed: where those starchitects contribute to exactly what you said, the large, one-of-a-kind marquee projects, the language/style/look/movement of 99.9% of all of the other projects are defined by those local designers that I mentioned in my last post - that essentially also become diluted, bastardized and copied/modified by a large number of second-tier design professionals, builders, etc. That is the definition of the new Chicago school to me, not a type of building, but a type of architect who is progressive, bold, and creative and gives the city beautiful projects like the new Spertus addition (apologies if I wasn't clear enough previously).
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Old November 25th, 2007, 06:07 PM   #116
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ARCHITECTURE

Blades of glass
New Spertus Institute's gemlike wall of glass a welcome counterpoint on South Michigan

By Blair Kamin | Tribune architecture critic
November 25, 2007



Chicago's rough-hewn cityscape, already studded with architectural jewels, has a sparkling new gem. It resembles an exquisitely cut diamond dropped into the great wall of stone that rises like a cliff across from Grant Park.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #117
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To quote myself from SSP (LOL), thanks for posting this. Kamin is pretty much spot on here - he stresses the importance of depth and three-dimensionality in the facade, and the ways in which constraints can fuel creative solutions - and IMHO K&S deserves all the accolades we can toss out.

Now, somebody, anybody, please give these chaps a tower project - Hines? Magellan? Buck? Anyone out there? Anybody care?
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Old November 27th, 2007, 04:13 AM   #118
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I love it. Mazel Tov Chicago!
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Old December 1st, 2007, 03:42 AM   #119
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Some shots from inside at today's open house at the new annex:

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View from the 2F cafe(teria)

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Old December 1st, 2007, 06:08 AM   #120
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Nice shots, wrabbit.
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