The Structure Of The Building Essays

917 Words Feb 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Louis Sullivan, a Chicago architect, is famous for the phrase “form follows function”. However, the function of the building is not just material, it is also symbolic. Therefore, an architect is successful when they portray ideas physically. Louis Le Vau was successful in the creation of Versailles from his conveyance of the idea absolute monarchy. Antoni Gaudi is successful in Sagrada Familia in his depiction of the idea of heaven. Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe is successful in the same way in his creation of the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) for his portrayal of social work.
The building, designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in the Modernist style, was erected on the campus of the University of Chicago in 1965. The SSA is located on a corner plot south of the midway and thus serves as a counterpoint to the University’s Gothic quad. The University buildings South of the midway, excluding Burton Judson Courts which was completed in the Gothic style in 1931, are mostly avant garde and “represent a "Who 's Who" of modern architecture, including the Law School, designed by Eero Saarinen and the New Graduate Residence Hall, designed by Edward Durrel Stone”. The structure is set back and “sits on a raised plinth of travertine” accessed by a small flight of stairs. The building itself makes “no attempt to adapt to [its] surroundings”. Though the structure is low slung and horizontal, which would connect it to the midwestern landscape on which it is situated, its black…

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