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Architectural Highlights from 1968

The John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois, was topped out on May 6. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 100-story story building is notable for its tapered shape and X-braced structure with giant cross girders.

John Hancock Center

Chicago also witnessed the completion of Lake Point Tower in 1968. Rising 70 stories, it is (in 1968) the tallest apartment building in the world. Designed by Schipporeit-Heinrich, the building is essentially Y-shaped in plan, with a continuously curving skin of glass and aluminum. Where the structural system is the main design element of the John Hancock Tower, Lake Point's structural supports are set behind the wall line.

Lake Point Tower

Marcel Breuer won the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal for his design of the new Department of Housing and Urban Development building, which was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on September 9.
HUD Building

Designed by Kevin Roche and completed in 1968, the Ford Foundation building in New York City, New York, features a 12-story-high, tree-filled garden courtyard. All of the executive offices are placed in an L-shape overlooking the garden and each other through sliding glass doors.
Ford Foundation Building

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In the Year 1968

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