Cutting Corners: Mies is Wright

Corners in buildings convey the stability of a structure.

I have been fascinated by the way Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright articulated the corners of their buildings. Each has expressed corners in a way that they are celebrated as important elements to the composition.

Mies, in his SR Crown Hall building expressed his corners this way:

He used a couple of I-beams and their connections were expressively exposed at the corner.

Wright, pioneered an expression of the corner through the destruction of the box:

He used mitered glass, giving the perception of free-flowing structures.

Treatment of corners, how they are cut, give a radical dimension to buildings. Attention to detail in this regard convey similarities in thought processes between these two legendary architects of Chicago.


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