Prism in the Sky

This newly constructed building near the Capitol in North West was designed by Kruek Sexton and features their familiar expanses of angled curtain wall segments.  The effect here is more subtle than say, the Spertus Institute, which comes across as more of a jumble of fragmented forms.  This building is essentially an orthogonal form that has been “sliced” on two sides.  The angles are not many and not severe, but the effect is dramatic.  On one side of the building is reflected simultaneously the sky above and the urban landscape below.

From the oposite side of the buiding, one perceives almost an entirely different building.  The perpendicular walls and linear fins (presumably to help with windload as well as shading), offer a much more distinct sense of verticality, something missing in many Washington buildings due to our hieght restrictions.

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