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University of Illinois at Chicago, Behavioral Sciences Building

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Address

1007 W. Harrison St.

Neighborhood

Near West Side

Architect

Walter Netsch (SOM), 1967

Website

uic.edu

Description

Walter Netsch considered the Behavioral Sciences Building to be his most sophisticated “Field Theory” design. Offices, classrooms, lecture halls and a large cafeteria interlock within the geometrically complicated mass of the building, an organic form grown from the rotation of overlapping squares. Navigating the maze-like interior is a challenge, but unexpected delights pop up at key junctures. Striking multi-story spaces are defined by massive sculptural concrete stairs.