Webb Municipal Building
When building an annex to the existing building, there are a couple of basic options for the designer to choose from. The first is to copy the style, proportions and materials of the original building; second is to deny the elements of style and build contemporary; and third (most difficult) is to try and integrate the styles and proportions of two buildings of different era and architectural philosophy.
Webb Municipal Building is the example of the third approach.
The original International Style Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is a lime stone clad four story building featuring long rows of windows is now bestrode by the ship like metallic tower.
The new annex which became the dominating volume of the complex features the same longitudinal and ribbon window composition, and the concrete cantilevered shades of the old building are imitated by the metal bris-soleils if the new one. The two are linked by a four story open atrium, in an amalgamation of stone, metal and glass finishes of both new and established structures. The northwestern facade, belonging entirely to the new part of the complex, gestures the facade of the old building repeating its figure and proportions once again.
The overall composition of the heritage building and the Neo-modernist, sustainable architecture building feels fluent and natural, as two buildings are today one.
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