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In response to a growing company's request for office space, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates developed a master plan that would allow the incremental addition of floor space over time. The initial design included nine identical buildings arranged in a parallelogram, totaling 1.2 million square feet. Only three of the buildings were constructed in the initial phase, and the expansion plan was never fulfilled. The trio is known as "The Pyramids" for their simple geometry and slanting glass facades. At first glance, the buildings do not appear to relate directly to their context, but the architects developed the iconic form according to site-specific parameters. Two concrete core walls greet the interstate highways bounding the site to the north and west. To the south, sloped walls of glass open onto the landscape. From a distance, the buildings stand out as a series of reductive forms on the flat terrain. The colossal, poured concrete walls reach eleven stories, dwarfing the human scale. Their reductive exteriors belie the smaller, warmer quality of the offices within.  View more View full description
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