ok We use cookies on our website to allow you the best possible service. More information can be found here.
Your location:

AMA Plaza

View all 21 images Download as PDF Purchase Images

Identification

AMA Plaza
IBM Building
330 North Wabash
116749

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
caisson foundation
curtain wall
black
international style
flat roof

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The lobby has a small bust of architect Mies van der Rohe by sculptor Marino Marini.
  • Second-tallest building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the most famous minimalist architect of modern times.
  • The building is located at a turn in the Chicago River, and can be seen straight ahead when entering the river from Lake Michigan.
  • The original plan called for a U-shaped building, but the rectangular design was made practical when the city agreed to change the outline of Wabash Avenue on the lot's edge.
  • Unlike many later curtain-wall skyscrapers with uniform facades, IBM's facade is articulated by differentiating glass, spandrel and mullion - window frames are raised and spandrel panels recessed.
  • A public plaza surrounds the tower on all sides, with a large stairway descending north to the lower street level.
  • For the time it was built the IBM Building housed an extraordinarily large number of computers, which required an advanced level of environmental engineering. The walls were sealed by a plastic thermal barrier, and a reverse refrigeration system was used to reclaim heat given off by machines and people.

Do you need more information about this building and its related companies?

More Information

Location

330 North Wabash Avenue
333 North State Street
11 East Kinzie Street
330 North Wabash Avenue
60611
Near North Side
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2015)
Certified as LEED – Silver (2010)

Technical Data

695.01 ft
695.01 ft
695.01 ft
52
1971
1973
36
2

Involved Companies


C.F. Murphy Associates

C.F. Murphy Associates

Show now
Show now
Show now
Show now
Show now

Features & Amenities

  • Plaza is available to the public
Found a mistake?
Related Buildings