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Are they office buildings or residential structures?
Mies doesn’t include ornamentation to serve as clues.
Mies’ “less is more” maxim is displayed in the structures’ austere, steel exterior—painted Detroit Graphite black—and rhythmic window bays.
These buildings possess a warmth one would not expect from glass and steel.
He called their design aesthetic "skin and bones.” The two towers are set at right angles on a trapezoidal site to maximize views of Lake Michigan.
They almost seem to hover above their travertine plaza and are connected by a single canopy.
His use of glass and steel enable transparency and allow the buildings to demonstrate a volume of space rather than the traditional structural mass.
Their versatile design makes it nearly impossible for onlookers to discern what’s inside.