July 15, 2013

EXPERIENCING A PIECE OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY. Completed four years after architect Mies van der Rohe‘s passing, the IBM Building became one of the cities most prestigious addresses. It is one of the landmark buildings during it's time, a symbol of architecture at it's finest. It proudly stands between the Marina City development by Bertrand Goldberg and Trump Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

I was too young to appreciate the wonderful architecture when we visited the US years ago. So imagine my desire to revisit these places when I learned about these buildings and architectural landmarks in architecture school. I've always loved the IBM Building for it's sleek and modern design, and it would be a great opportunity to experience the building and it's spaces first hand! 

And what a great way to experience a building than to be staying as a hotel guest? The Langham Hotel takes up the first 13 floors of this 52-storey IBM tower, with offices occupying upper floors  IBM - after which the building was named - moved out of the tower in 2006. The architecture firm Perkins + Will currently has its Chicago offices in the IBM Building. 

Just look at all those amazing spaces. Definitely dreamy! :) So posh and luxurious. 

 The IBM building between the Marina City development by Bertrand Goldberg and Trump Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

I just think it's a great way to preserve architecture - by making it part of the city's tourist attractions by transforming it into a hotel. As long as non of the buildings original exterior is compromised, then conversion, or adaptive reuse is always a good thing. The guests/tourists get to experience the space and the world renowned architectural landmark first hand! And the hotel looks so posh and beautiful! :) Now that's a great vacation. :)

This building is surely on my 'architectural tour' list. would be an honor to visit it in person someday. :) 

It's another rainy Monday. Stay dry everyone and enjoy your week! :)

Read more about the Langham Hotel at the IBM Building here. 

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