Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision by Igor Marjanovic, Katerina Rüedi Ray

By Igor Marjanovic, Katerina Rüedi Ray

Chicago has many iconic structures, yet probably none as immediately recognizable as Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City,commonly often called the "corncob buildings." Occupying a complete urban block, the mixed-use riverside advanced includes cylindrical sixty-five-story residential towers, a saddle-shaped auditorium, and a midrise place of work construction. every one tower comprises greater than 400 residences and a continuing, upward-spiraling ramp of parking areas. inbuilt 1964 at a second whilst Chicagoans have been fleeing to the suburbs, the highly formidable undertaking was once architect Goldberg's try and shop the town of Chicago.

In Marina City, authors Igor Marjanovic and Katerina Redi Ray current the 1st historical past of this architectural landmark. that includes newly on hand archive pictures and drawings, this targeted building's biography comprises vigorous essays that discover not just the constructions architectural achievements, but in addition the creative campaign and intricate community of political partnerships essential to become aware of Goldberg's imaginative and prescient. As thearchitect's self-penned smooth brochures distinctive, Marina City provided citizens a self-contained global that integrated a theater, eating place, bowling alley, fitness center, ice-skating rink, supermarket, financial institution, and parking storage. it truly is no ask yourself that ahead of it used to be entire 2,500 purposes were submitted to hire 896 flats. The end result of thirty years of inspiration and improvement, Marina urban turned a right away icon that made Bertrand Goldberg the 1st Chicago architect to accomplish celebrity prestige with one venture. From the financing to the structural engineering, this one-of-kind quantity fills in lacking chapters of recent structure, city politics, and exertions heritage.

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The adjacent dressing room vanity incorporated phone and electrical outlets in its custom-built elements— 54 28. Apartment interior with couple on balcony, Marina City (1959–1967), Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Chicago, IL. Hedrich-Blessing [photographer]. HB-23215-I3, Chicago History Museum. 29. Bedroom, Marina City (1959–1967), Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Chicago, IL. Hedrich-Blessing [photographer]. HB-23215-F3, Chicago History Museum. unpacking marina city 55 30. Study area in a two-bedroom model apartment at Marina City, Marina City (1959–1967), Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Chicago, IL.

Office building, interior, Marina City (1959–1967), Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Chicago, IL. Orlando Cabanban [photographer]. Bertrand Goldberg Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. 081229-335 © The Art Institute of Chicago. minimal as the curvilinear balconies of the residential towers were sinuous and exuberant. [ Fig. 35 ] If the exterior form of the towers alluded to organic figures made of soft, circular protrusions, the office building alluded to the concrete equivalent of a pin-striped suit—a “masculine” counterpart to the towers’ organic form.

From the fifth floor upwards the ramps slope at only 5 percent, a safer angle. The parking spaces were planned for valet parking, and a small hoist lift moves the car valets up and down the building quickly without using the central core elevators, which are not connected to the parking ramps. 34 Special drains prevent spilled gasoline from spreading across the ramp. Cars are parked one-deep, never more than fifty feet from the valet lifts. This single-slot parking system and the proximity to valet lifts reduces waiting time and eliminates damage to cars, an occurence common to traditional multilayer car parks.

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