Beneath the steel Tube the train is traveling through is the McCormick Tribune Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) designed by Rem Koolhaas with the Office for Metroplitan Architecture (OMA).
The train travels through the noise cancelation steal tube literally right above the campus building, dividing its roofline in half, and also symbolically drawing a line down the campus with the residential buildings on one side and the academic buildings on the other.
It’s quite the experience to set up underneath with a camera mounted to a tripod and hear the thundering sound of a Chicago commuter train passing overhead. I captured a handful of photographs with this one being my favorite for today’s daily photo post.
I was in town with the Architecture Minnesota magazine crew on an unaffiliated Chicago Architectural Foundation photo trip. We made the extra effort to get up early and travel down to IIT our last morning to experience and photograph the famous Mies Van der Rohe Crown Hall.
It was a bonus to follow up that sunrise photo shoot with capturing this photograph of Rem Koolkaas’ fist American project. I’ve shared several of the images from that weekend on my social media feeds and have plans to publish a more in depth photo essay here soon. Stay tuned!