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Mies' Illinois classic unveiled in all its crowning glory

This $3.6 million renovation of Mies van der Rohe's classic 1956 Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) by Chicago-based Kruek & Sexton is to be unveiled tomorrow (25 August).

The building's new look includes restored exterior steel beams which were sun-bleached to grey but have now been returned to their original black colour.

Lower glass panels, installed in an earlier 1974 renovation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have been replaced with thicker, sandblasted windows, which are more translucent and will create fewer interior reflections.

In addition, the upper-level louvres have been refurbished and the ceiling freshly painted white.

The building will officially open to the public on August 27 with a day of festivities to celebrate the restoration.

The IIT will soon begin the next phase of renovation, in which the Crown Hall's technical and energy systems will be upgraded.

by Rob Sharp

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