537 Washington Blvd

Rising on the Newport’s main boulevard the building is a solid expansion of the business district both by its volume and appearance.

The first couple of floors are clad in stone, anchoring the building, laying it firly on the ground. Light color of the parapets of the upper floors is there only to break the reflection, to make the building flicker and scintillate from solid to light.

The clear visual horizontal division of the building flanks, with unbroken window lines accentuates the continuity of the inner space and height of the building. The central part of the façade is however strictly vertical, emphasized with two light pilasters reaching from the bottom to the top of the building and elongating into the sky.  This, vertical visual aspiration is a continuation of the large grotto of the main entrance and seems to invite the visitor in, and lifts him right up.

 

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