WIN: Illinois Institute of Technology Completes Restoration of Three Mies van der Rohe Buildings

“With Dirk Denison Architects and Gilbane Building Company, the Illinois Institute of Technology has recently completed a $70 million housing project that has restored three Ludwig Mies van der Rohe buildings. With the completion of the Carman Hall residential facility, the three-building project has renewed Illinois Tech’s front door as it prepares for its highest recorded enrollment numbers—more than 25% higher than last year.

“Located at the campus entryway and offering views of the Chicago skyline, all three buildings were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a pioneer of modernist architecture. Historic preservation was a top priority for the project, along with ensuring energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

“‘It was rewarding for students to have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills as part of this iconic project located on their campus,’ Denison, founding principal of Dirk Denison Architects and professor and MCHAP Director at Illinois Tech, said in a statement.

“‘It’s particularly gratifying to help deliver projects that acknowledge the timeless quality of modernist architecture and the value of preserving them. IIT has a respectful commitment to its Mies legacy and has led the way to recognize the original intent of the buildings by bringing them back to life through thoughtful reuse and sustainable strategies.'” (Parsi, Building Design + Construction, 8/18/22)

Preservation Chicago encourages the Illinois Institute of Technology to consider a Chicago Landmark Designation for many of the buildings of its campus designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Read the full story at Building Design + Construction

The Illinois Institute of Technology restores three Mies van der Rohe buildings, With historic preservation a top concern, the $70 million housing project has renewed Illinois Tech’s front door as it welcomes more students than ever, Novid Parsi, Building Design + Construction, 8/18/22


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