McCormick Tribune Campus Center (IIT campus)

Rem Koolhaas
Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is where innovative minds gather and where Mies began his modernist teachings. The Campus Center embodies that truly unconventional spirit, with its subway track running directly on top of the one storey building. The steel tubes can be seen on the ceiling where the track lies, and it acts to muffle the sound of the train. At first glance, I thought these were powered colored lights but actually, it’s the sunlight filling the space with orange through tinted windows.