Brooklyn, New York

This hospital in Brooklyn, New York is an excellent example of soviet era modernism. The layout of the bronze-tinted windows is made to mimic the recognizable proportions of iconic factory windows found across Europe. The shell of the building is clad in panels of Cor-10 steel, the surface of which is intentionally allowed to rust. This layer of oxidation protects the rest of the steel behind from further corrosion at the same time that it contributes to the utilitarian aesthetic of the building.

The building is distinctly arranged on the principles of Louis Kahn’s “servant” and “served” spaces. The cores are clearly separated from the main volume of the building. They extend upwards to connect to the large mechanical penthouses that sit on a web of structural steel, looming over top of the roof.

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