290 // MA-P / IIT Mies Wallpaper
From microcosm to macrocosm… or the other way around…
IIT Mies Wallpaper, MOMA New York
In 2003, OMA/Rem Koolhaas build the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. The design studio 2×4’s contribution to the building was an ambitious environmental graphics program –including murals, wallpaper, clocks, lighting, textiles, and signage – that expressed and contextualised the various functions of the building. This Mural reproduced on wallpaper is a portrait of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who served as the head of the architecture school and designed the IIT master plan and many of the buildings on campus.
In homage to Mies’s legacy and continued influence on the school, 2×4 etched his portrait on the façade and on the sliding glass doors that serve as the main entrance to the building. To enter the building, one must step into Mies’s mouth. The image is composed of pictograms that depict various student activities and, from afar, read as pixels forming the portrait.