Facing the beauty of Lake Michigan, The Esplanade
Apartments on North Lake Shore Drive − not far from the famous Navy Pier −
designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, probably enjoy the most beautiful
situation of all his works.
These seminal and innovative buildings used unprecedented
construction technologies, which became the standard used by Mies in all his
future high-rise projects.
Completed in 1951, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive were the
first towers in the world to exhibit the promise of glass-and-steel-frame
construction, while the 900–910 towers, finished in 1955, were the first to totally
accomplish the aluminum and glass curtain wall which became the hallmark of
On the neighbourhood of The Esplanade Apartments is
the John Hancock Building – which you can admire on the first photograph −, the
Magnificent Mile portion of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street Beach. Also not far from here, you can go for a walk in Lincoln Park, which I also showed on a previous post about Mies' Commonwealth Promenade Apartments.
I have used the Horseman SW612P, with Rodenstock
lenses and a 6x9 roll film back, to produce these photographs on Kodak
Ektachrome E100S film.
My son Jorge, assisted me on this rewarding task, in 1999. I
think that we will never forget the days we have spent in Chicago.
Born 1955 in Kuito (Silva Porto), Angola.
Photographer / Publisher.
Started my professional photographer career at the History of Art Institut (Kunsthistorishes Institut ) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Returned to Portugal in 1990 and, while doing studio and advertising work, specialized in Architectural Photography. I had my work published in numerous specialized books and magazines, both in Portugal and abroad. Álvaro Siza and Mies van der Rohe are only some of the names who have their work extensively documented. I own White & Blue, which I co-founded in November 2000.
(I closed down White & Blue in January 2013)