dolfan0516 wrote:I saw all of that when I googled the building. I dont agree at all. I think its horrible. Its a historical landmark how? Built in 1975 does not make a building 'historical'. And just having some crazy ridiculous design does not make it a 'landmark'
Obviously, I have zero appreciation or architecture and think the building looks terrible.
It's actually an interesting problem for preservationists. Brutalist buildings are not aesthetically pleasing by today's standards, but that doesn't mean they aren't architecturally and historically important. Most brutalist buildings are ugly, but this is one that I actually like. But putting that aside, Prentice is the first major work of Bertrand Goldberg, who was one of the most influential architects of his time, especially in Chicago. Furthermore, the building represents innovations in architecture and engineering, such as the fact that each "clover" is cantilevered, on a scale never before achieved, giving the building an unprecedented openness. This innovative design uniquely promotes collaboration and free workflow.
And yes the building is only 35 years old and the general rule of thumb is 50 years, but this is a sufficiently significant building that it deserves special attention, especially since it is threatened with demolition right now. If we don't act now to save at least a few brutalist structures, by the time the movement is 50 years old, there won't be any left and the movement will be confined to history books. Save Prentice!