Look! Scale Model of Chicago

In the lobby of the Santa Fe building, at Michigan and Jackson, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has constructed a scale model of the city in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham's 1909 "Plan of Chicago." Viewing the model in-person, it was amazing to see the miniature detail on some of our favorite high-rise apartment buildings, including Mies van der Rohe's 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments, SOM's John Hancock Center, and Bertrand Goldberg's Marina and River Cities. See if you can spot them above, then click below for the close-ups...

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Mies van der Rohe designed 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive (1951) in his famous steel and glass International style. The modern apartments have large, open views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding city. For an interior view, click here.

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The John Hancock Center (1969) was designed by Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It was one of the first mixed-use residential high-rises planned to accommodate offices, condos, and shops in the same building.

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Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City (1964-67) contains parking, apartments, and what Goldberg described as a "city within a city" with retail and recreational facilities. To see a peak inside one of the apartments, check out our 2008 Small Cool contest winner, Stephanie's Life of Pie.

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River City (1986) is another Bertrand Goldberg apartment complex, curved to complement its riverfront site.

ABOUT THE MODEL
The model was constructed (at a scale of 1 inch : 50 feet) using rapid prototyping, a process that fabricates the resin buildings directly from a digital file. Each 20-inch square of the city took between 20 and 80 hours to complete. It's a work in progress that will be expanded and updated as part of an ongoing CAF exhibit. The model will be on view at the Santa Fe Building through November 20th. For more information, click here and here.

Photos: Scale Model: Sarah Coffey, 860-800 N. Lake Shore Dr: Wikipedia Commons, John Hancock Center: Wikipedia Commons, Marina City: Wikipedia Commons, River City: Lucius Kwok licensed via Creative Commons