The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial

The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago held its first Architecture Biennial over the winter. I had the chance to visit the city in November and took the opportunity to visit the exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Architecture Biennial’s goal is to provide a platform for experiments and for the public to engage with architecture.

The entrance of the Cultural Center was filled with this beautiful installation of yellow wires and lamps.

Biennial #1

Biennial #1

I then shot a couple of abstract shots of the installation on the first floor:

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Biennial #5

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Biennial #6

My favorite part was the scale models, both for the architectural experiments and for the photographic opportunities to play with depth of field. Here are a few shots from that area:

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Biennial #8

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Biennial #9

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Biennial #10

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Biennial #11

The Cultural Center is a beautiful building and was a great place to host the Architecture Biennial. I also spent some time to photograph the building itself. Of course, the center is home to the largest Tiffany glass dome, as pictured in the image at the top of this post.

There are two gorgeous staircases at each end of the building, and here are 2 very different perspectives:

Zig Zag | Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL

Zig Zag

Solemn | Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL

Solemn

While most of the building’s architecture dates back to the 1890’s,  one part has seen some renovations. It definitely caught my eye!

Back And Forth | Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL

Back And Forth

Framed Corridor | Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL

Framed Corridor

It was about time that Chicago, a city with such an architectural history and influence, hosted an Architectural Biennial. I can’t wait to see the next one in 2017!

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