Friday, April 22, 2005

Stones in Glass Houses

"The essence of space is not determined by the mere presence of limiting surfaces but by the spiritual principle of this limitation. The true task of architecture is to let the structure articulate the space; it is not the building that is the work of art but space." - Mies van der Rohe

The ebay auction for the chance to smash the glass facade of Mies van der Rohe's S.R. Crown Hall has closed.

Granted National Landmark status in 2001, and named by TIME as one of the Greatest Buildings in the World, the iconic building at the Illinois Institute of Technology's campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a bang. The building is being restored, and the Mies van der Rohe Society auctionined off the chance to break the first 10 foot pane of the glass facade.

The winning bid clocked in at $2,705, with proceeds going towards the restoration. To learn more about this great building click here and here.

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