In 2008, Time magazine named Remment Lucas Koolhaas, a Dutch architect, one of The World’s Most Influential People. To learn why such a prestigious honor was bestowed on this man, Chicagoans need only look at the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology, located at 33rd and State Streets in Chicago.

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center was the first building in the United States designed by Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) group he helped found in 1975. Built in the heart of a campus designed primarily by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the tradition of “Chicago School” architecture, the center is truly a breathtaking tribute to the “form follows function” ethos of Sullivan, Burnham, Root and others who founded the fiercely independent style of architecture that makes up the Chicago urban landscape.

As one approaches the structure, the first thing noticed is the incredible stainless steel oval tube that seems to rest atop the building.

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