Architecture and Design in Chicago

Posted on 2011-11-13 by

We have just returned from another great trip to the windy city of Chicago and as always, the architecture and design was inspiring. Even the new Lego store displayed an amazing array of famous Chicago landmarks in their front window with plenty of room for future infill.

We stayed at the Sax Hotel in the River North area, directly across the street from the amazing Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed IBM Building at 330 North Wabash. Very similar in appearance to the Toronto-Dominion Centre towers in Toronto, the IBM building is stunning in all of it’s ‘less is more’ glory. Clean lines, pattern repetition and the striking palette of black and white serve to create a timeless classic in the international style of design.

The design highlight of our trip was a visit to the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The fully built modern prefabricated modular home designed by architect Michelle Kaufmann receives a fresh interior treatment each year along with energy-saving technology updates. We can’t recommend a visit and tour of the home highly enough.


Lisa Banman, ReDesign's Principal of Design at the Chicago Smart Home