Marina City, Chicago. One-car garage.

Explore #163 June 20, 2009

 

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

blog.flickr.net/en/2010/01/11/your-best-shot-2009-archite...

 

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.

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