2400 Lakeview

 1962 - 1963

The Story

The 2400 Lakeview Apartments consist of a single building made of reinforced concrete, aluminum, and grey-tinted glass. As with all Mies' work, this building derives beauty not from ornamentation, but instead from the essentials of architecture: materials and construction. In the ground floor lobby the elevator core appears as a solid block of marble. Nearby, red Barcelona Chairs echo the color of the wood paneling along the mailboxes. These warm hues complement and balance the coolness of aluminum and glass. Discussing the 2400 Lakeview Apartments, Mies said, "Our imagination went into the construction. We used our ideas not for the form but for the constructional possibilities."