Marina City, Chicago. One-car garage.

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Explore #163 June 20, 2009

This picture was featured on the "Your Best Shot 2009 Architecture" flickr blog, see:

Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial tower complex designed by Bertrand Goldberg and completed in 1964. The lower floors, pictured here, are parking decks. It is even today strikingly different than everything else around it, with its interesting curvy and cylindrical corn-cob style. I find it fascinating for I like curvy buildings, as my photostream demonstrates.

I also found the sharp contrast here between this building and the one next to it (in the background to the right) irresistable -- curves and arches vs. straight-lines and squares, warm yellowish-white vs. cool blue, and smooth glass vs. rough concrete. Plus I found it quite curious in a traffic-congested city that this building with numerous parking levels had only one parked car.

Andrew Sampson (andysampsonite on instagram), and 978 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. yushimoto_02 [christian] 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Pritzker Architecture Prize on Flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. o palsson 49 months ago | reply

    thank you for the invite, yushimoto: I just added it.

  3. slavekR 49 months ago | reply

    simply stunning!

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  4. Fil.ippo 49 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot, great work!

  5. o palsson 49 months ago | reply

    Thank you, ajiro, slavekR and Fil.ippo. I appreciate your interest and positive feedback.

  6. o palsson 47 months ago | reply

    Thank you for letting me know, Blue387. Glad you found use for the picture.

  7. o palsson 47 months ago | reply

    Thank you for visiting,

  8. tobybear 45 months ago | reply

    Beautiful photo - and nice description.

  9. o palsson 45 months ago | reply

    Thank you, tobybear!

  10. _Novecento_ 43 months ago | reply

    really nice shot

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  11. o palsson 43 months ago | reply

    Thank you for that, Novecento!

  12. o palsson 24 months ago | reply

    Thank you, C!

  13. mcortese1 19 months ago | reply

    It looks cool how everything looks proportional :)

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