Mies redone, x 3

The Chicago Tribune, which has enough problems of its own, goes messing with Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments.

The Trib Magazine’s Lisa Skolnik asked three firms how they would redo a 3 bedroom interior.

Lucien Lagrange: “There are now elegant transitions between all the traditional, now-enclosed rooms…”

Nathan Kipnis: “Mies was a great designer, but he was not green,” cracks Kipnis , who specializes in sustainable architecture. His plan was prompted by building resident’s claims about leaky windows and inefficient heating and cooling systems, hard points to address because the building has landmark status so its facade can’t be altered. “But the windows should be low-e to increase thermal efficiency. They could be tinted, or replaced with double glazed glass,” he suggests.

Rachel Crowl and Julie Fisher go with wood partitions installed on recessed tracks, gliding into place.


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