Archive for the ‘MB Bank’ Category

02/21/2006

Best New Building in Chicago

We talked earlier on this blog about the best new buildings in Chicagoland. Here’s my candidate – one that’s gotten no press.


See how its green glass just dissolves into the sky?
—Especially on beautiful blue sky days.

And all proportions, inside and out on the street, are human proportions.

Fine detailing too, without and within. In addition to this staircase and glass wall is nice warm woodwork.

We’re talking 800 W. Madison, Madison and Halsted – in the west loop. On the west side of Halsted, just across the street from Skybridge.
It’s an MB bank. Who do you think designed it? I’ll tell you tomorrow, when I find out !
-E

UPDATE: And the architect is: Booth Hansen

And maybe we’ll talk about the other buildings at this intersection of Halsted and Madison – three very different styles, heights and materials but since all are buildings of high quality, the ensemble is united. Like three children of very different ages, but from one good family.

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