Having broken significant new ground with the stunning 860/880 towers, Mies van der Rohe moved his design forward and utilized more advanced engineering methods with the 900/910 Apartments.

While the earlier towers were the first in the world to show the promise of glass-and-steel-frame construction, the 900/910 towers were the first to fully realize the aluminum and glass curtain wall which became the hallmark of Mies’ work.

These new 29-story apartment buildings, completed in 1955, fulfilled Mies’ vision of four modern glass towers rippling along Lake Shore Drive just North of Chicago Avenue. The 900/910 towers became Mies’ template for numerous other modern high rise buildings in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.

Photo: Barry W. Peterson

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