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AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

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Washington, United States

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Orlando, United States