Max Palevsky Residential Commons, University of Chicago: the West Building--page 1 (of four pages)

Legorreta + Legorreta

As seen in the Google map above, the Max Palevsky Residential Commons is comprised of three buildings of similar height, design, and materials, but with a different footprint. They do however share a common basement. The westernmost building is "L' shaped, the central one a long rectangle, and the easternmost building a "U" with a large enclosed courtyard--what in university parlance would be called a quadrangle. The main material is a rich terra-cotta colored brick, a color much favored by the Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta. Corner pavilions with paint trim in magenta (west) or purple (east) accent these ends while the central building has entrance porches on both front and back with the metal trim a bright taxicab yellow (another accent color used earlier with similar effect in Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Located at 1101 E. 56th St., the Max Palevsky Residential Commons accommodates 712 students.

The west side of the West Building


Entrance porch to West Building--a view from the west and two views from the south showing Moore's sculpture on the small plaza to the rear of the building.

See this page for additional views of Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy.


Views of the south and southeast sides of the building


Views of the north side of the West Building


The east end of the building, which connects visually with the central building

Continue to page 2.

See also Legorreta's Pershing Square in Los Angeles, Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Santa Fe Art Institute, and his Plaza Juarez in Mexico City.

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© 2012 Mary Ann Sullivan. I have photographed (on site), scanned, and manipulated all the images on these pages. Please feel free to use them for personal or educational purposes. They are not available for commercial purposes.