The city holds the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings, 4,000 in total, dating mostly from 1931 to 1956, but also encompassing subsequent designs that were built as a tribute to the style.
It both defines and obscures the distinction between the public image of the building and the private realm within.
The louver elements of the screen protect the delicate clear glass skin, and have local architectural precedents in the ubiquitous “treeseem”, the sliding louver blinds enclosing open air porches or negative spaces so common in the existing neighborhood Bauhaus buildings.
It is also a “buffer” of sorts, and obscures the distinction between the public image of the building and the private realm within,” states Mr. The Lobby and Retail spaces are spare, lofty, and open to the surrounding streets and neighborhood.
Behind the tower a former through-block retail arcade is being restored to its former glory to firmly embed the building and its residents in the pulse of the neighborhood.
In terms of concept and design, he embodies optimistic modernism.