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The James R. Thompson Center

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 April 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois and houses offices of the State of Illinois. The building opened in May 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was renamed in 1993 to honor former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson. The property takes up the entire block bound by Randolph, Lake, Clark and LaSalle Streets, one of the 35 full-size city blocks within Chicago's Loop.

The JRTC was designed by Murphy/Helmut Jahn and opened to mixed reviews by critics, ranging from "outrageous" to "wonderful". The color of the street-level panels was compared to tomato soup. The 17-story, all-glass exterior does not reflect the building's function, and instead conveys an image of pure postmodernism. Visitors to the JRTC's interior can see all 17 floors layered partway around the building's immense skylit atrium. The open-plan offices on each floor are supposed to carry the message of "an open government in action."

Photo captured April 25, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/25 second F/22.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Wayra from Roma, Italy

Very gorgeous shot! Good job.

28 Apr 2014 6:49am

omid from mashhad, Iran

W O N D E R F U L !

28 Apr 2014 9:43am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great b&w, beautiful capture of the place.

28 Apr 2014 9:55am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Marvellous shot and most interesting information. Love the sun flare as well.

28 Apr 2014 11:41am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

28 Apr 2014 2:15pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

A play of light and lines beautifully highlighted. Very beautiful picture!

28 Apr 2014 2:44pm

franz from Baden, Austria

perfect compo and presentation ! i love the bright starry reflection of the sun !!!

28 Apr 2014 5:31pm

k@ from Paris, France

Blinking at us the best way !

28 Apr 2014 5:32pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

A star is born on this center!

28 Apr 2014 6:15pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The light is fantastic in the photo, and what I really love here is the people watching you
have captured also. I think it would be a perfect spot for you to capture the people here
even if it puts you on the spot for a moment. Superb photo !~

28 Apr 2014 6:51pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The star shaped reflection of the sun really makes the image vibrant. Wonderful image and black and white rendition.

28 Apr 2014 7:19pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Fantastic shot. Superb.

28 Apr 2014 7:57pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The B&W really shows off the details of this architecture. I adore the way you captured the reflection of light.

28 Apr 2014 8:11pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fabulous b&w image. I like the structure which definitely conveys a feeling of openness. Wonderful starburst of light that was created!

28 Apr 2014 8:54pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Revisitng your image with a little more calm, it is "chapeau". Superb.

28 Apr 2014 10:24pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It sure looks good in black and white.

28 Apr 2014 11:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent image of this unique building.

29 Apr 2014 12:21am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture of the buiding with the futuristic facade. The glittering light is impressive. Excellent monochrome and wonderful framing. Have a nice day, Steven. :)

29 Apr 2014 1:10am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel reflet sur cet édifice tout moderne quel effet génial.

29 Apr 2014 1:37am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

Fantastic camera work Steven !! I love how you framed this, it's excellent !!

29 Apr 2014 2:47am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting architecture here.

29 Apr 2014 3:19am

Diana from San Francisco, United States

Very good quality image with all the details.

29 Apr 2014 5:02am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh magnifique

29 Apr 2014 5:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful architecture and an excellent shot. Lovely light and processing. Interesting information. Love this. :)

29 Apr 2014 6:31pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Perhaps a little too crisp, but that star-burst is a wonderful element.

30 Apr 2014 3:19am

Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Fascinating !

1 May 2014 7:15am

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