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Thompson Center

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Thompson Center
James R. Thompson Center, State of Illinois Building


Structure générale

construit [achevé]
pieux forés
blanc bleu clair rose foncé


commerce(s) restaurant station de métro musée


  • The building houses state government offices, a post office, a rapid transit station serving five train lines, shops, sculptures, and a free public art gallery.
  • The building's bold design by Helmut Jahn was commissioned by four-term Illinois governor James R. Thompson, after whom the building is named.
  • At the time of its construction the design was a sharp break from convention, with a broad sloping curve of glass sweeping from one corner of the block to the other. The shape has often been compared to a spaceship.
  • Conceived as a futuristic reinterpretation of the state capitol form, the building's skylight and central atrium stand in for the traditional dome and rotunda.
  • The office floors wrap around a giant cylindrical atrium which extends through the roof to a sloping skylight. The atrium is separated from the plaza by a curved glass wall.
  • Glass elevators with vaulted tops shuttle passengers up and down a pair of elevator bays that project into the atrium.
  • Both the interior and the exterior feature an eye-catching color scheme of light blue, dark pink, and white.
  • Helmut Jahn described the color palette as a 'toned down' red, white, and blue.
  • Just inside the main entrance a waterfall pours down to the lower level between a pair of escalators.
  • The basement level holds an auditorium and a large food court which opens onto the atrium.
  • A two-story open gallery encircles the entire building at sidewalk level, with round columns screened by flat granite panels.
  • The columns and granite screens which encircle the base continue around the perimeter of the plaza, decreasing in height the farther they get from the building.
  • The plaza features the Jean Dubuffet sculpture Monument With Standing Beast, a 4-piece amorphic fiberglass construction painted white and crossed by a web of black lines.
  • The Dubuffet sculpture's companion, Monument With Phantom, is located in the plaza of the Enterprise Plaza in Houston.
  • This structure replaced the Michael A. Bilandic Building across the street as the principal Illinois state government building in Chicago.

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100 West Randolph Street
150 North Clark Street, 101 West Lake Street, 151 North LaSalle Street
100 West Randolph Street
États-Unis d'Amérique

Données techniques

308,00 ft
308,00 ft
308,00 ft

Entreprises participantes

Murphy/Jahn, Inc.
Lester B. Knight Associates

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  • L'immeuble est connu dans cette ville
  • L'immeuble dispose d'un atrium
  • Entrée de métro à l'intérieur du bâtiment
  • L'immeuble dispose d'ascenseurs panoramiques
  • L'immeuble dispose d'un raccordement au pedway
  • Une place publique se trouve sur la parcelle
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