Germany

I Wish... by Michelle Linden




I wish Illinois Tech had a design build program when I was there...
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A few of my old professors (and one professor's wife) got together to arrange this design/build project. I think its a great project, a chapel designed in Chicago and built in Germany with the help of local craftsmen.
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The project started when a Reverend approached Ecker Architekten asking for help in designing a chapel, even though he had no land and no money. Ecker thought of working together with a design team from IIT and so this new design/build studio was born.
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The project itself is interesting, because the students designed it to be constructed by people with little construction experience (themselves), utilizing salvaged and donated materials, and advanced technology (all pieces were cut on a CNC machine before being shipped to the site).
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Its a great little chapel... and seems so German to me! I can't imagine coming across this in Seattle...
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Minimal Tomb by Michelle Linden







I've spent an inordinate amount of time in cemeteries... Growing up in Massachusetts, we'd often make field trips to Boston cemeteries along the freedom trail. What kid doesn't want to see where John Hancock is buried? Then while studying in Chicago, we'd often make field trips to the famous Graceland Cemetery, using the architect designed tombs as sketching assignments. And this isn't even taking into consideration all of the cemeteries my history buff father took me to while checking out battlefields and forts!
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But, I have to say that this is the coolest tomb I have ever seen. The minimal concrete structure was designed by Roland Poppenseiker for photographer F.C. Gundlach. The structure is built of pre-cast concrete panels, with Gundlach's photographs etched into the concrete.
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For more info, check out Plus Mood
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