Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, Georgianna Stout IIT Mies Wallpaper 2004

  • Not on view

2x4, Inc. consistently challenges design conventions through a research-based practice in a diverse range of media—from print and Web to motion graphics and architectural installations. 2x4’s contribution to Rem Koolhaas and O.M.A’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago, is an ambitious environmental-graphics program that expresses and contextualizes the various functions of the building. The mural pictured here is a portrait of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, head of the architecture school and designer of the IIT master plan and many of its buildings. In a homage to Mies’s legacy and influence, 2x4 silkscreened his portrait on the facade and sliding glass doors that serve as the main entrance to the building. To enter, one must step into Mies’s mouth. Pictograms depicting various student activities re-create an iconic image of the architect.

Gallery label from 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design, September 12, 2012–March 25, 2013.
Graphic design firm
2x4, Inc.
Medium
Digital print from Adobe Illustrator File
Credit
Gift of the designers
Object number
890.2007
Copyright
© 2020 2x4 Inc.
Department
Architecture and Design

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