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Aesthetics Meets Athletics

Completed in 1967, SOM’s Keating Hall responds to its surroundings at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed many of the university’s buildings, as well as the original campus plan. SOM’s Myron Goldsmith, a former student of Mies, paid respect to this heritage through the design of Keating Hall. Composed of glass and steel, the rectilinear athletic facility is built on the same principles of structural architecture as many other IIT buildings. Its curtain wall — made of grey, translucent glass — allows calm, diffused light to wash through the interior, much like a Japanese shōji screen. Fun fact: basketballs and baseballs were thrown at mock-up panels to test the glass for durability.