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Eero Saarinen: John Deere and Co. Steel building

This article was originally published in Domus 422 / January 1965 A steel building by Saarinen, open recently “The architectural character was determined largely by the site and the character of the company. The 600 acre site consists both of high table land and low river land, its edges broken by wooden ravines. One of the broad ravines seemed the finest, most pleasant and most human site for the building complex. In such a treestudded site, where it would be intimately connected with nature, a strong, dark building seemed appropriate. …Having decided to use steel we wanted to make a steel building that was really a steel building (most so-called steel buildings seem to me to be more glass buildings than steel buildings, really not one thing or the other). Domus 422 / January 1965 page details We sought for an appropriate material — economical, maintenance free, bold in character, dark in color. We located a certain high tensile steel, which has a peculiar characteristic: if this steel is left unpainted, a rust coating forms …