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Famous on all ends of the architectural spectrum, the Orange County Government Center takes Paul Rudolph's fundamental ideas of the houses he designed decades before to a much larger scale. This fascinating architectural structure was built to be the office and government of Orange County in New York, containing everything from records to a Department of Motor Vehicles for the state. The obviously brutalist style was infused with Rudolph's interest in "working with Mies Van Der Rohe's concept of implied space." Drawings reveal an internal spatial complexity, but pictures and exterior renderings show a more simple structure and mechanical framework. Columns are regularly spaced, and within their structural module the air-conditioning ducts and light fixtures are hidden from view. In order to rid the shorter, less structural spans of their clutter, concrete frames were used as cantilevers to add support.  View more View full description
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