Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Millennium Modern Architecture in the Sloop?

We like to think we know some stuff about architecture, but let's be honest - we don't.  Regardless, we enjoyed reading a recent post on Curbed Chicago titled "An illustrated guide to Chicago architecture".

While most of it doesn't have a ton to do with the Sloop, one thing that caught our attention was a reference to a style of architecture where the NEMA was included:
10. Millennium ModernMillennium Park opened in July 2004, over budget and behind schedule, but for Chicagoans, who previously knew the Loop east of Michigan Avenue as a gravel parking lot bisected by railroad tracks, and for visitors from all over the country, the massive civic effort was a shot in the arm for 21st-century Chicago. The park features abstract sculptures (Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain), and Frank Gehry’s outdoor bandshell, which is rendered in cool metal, framed in dramatically feathered bangs, and, set off by a trellis extending the length of the lawn. As the reputation of the park solidified, it had a halo effect, developing a new type of architecture, known as Millennium Modern. The area has become a magnet for international names and has also made international names of Chicago architects like Jeanne Gang. Chicago’s built environment is a test kitchen for supertalls, undulating towers, but also for controversial mega developments like Lincoln Yards and The 78, which are heavily influenced by Millennium Modern. The most creative of these early-aughts structures are our current and future landmarks.
HOW TO IDENTIFY: Millennium Modern architecture developed from a wide range of influences, embracing creativity in terms of building forms and pulling broadly from the natural world, like the waves of Aqua and the curls of the Pritzker Pavilion. Look for curving, metal towers of soaring, serrated glass and heights high enough that they seem to be actually touching the future.
NOTABLE EXAMPLES: NEMA Chicago (Rafael Viñoly), Aqua (Studio Gang), Vista Tower (Studio Gang), Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Frank Gehry), One Bennett Park (Robert A.M. Stern)

We've never heard of this style but general like all the notable examples listed above.  No offense to NEMA, but hard to imagine that it stacks up to Vista Tower, Pritzker Pavilion and Aqua. 

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