Tiny house on Sanibel Island stands as a simple symbol of a hopeful era

April 10, 2015 6:55 PM

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Architect Paul Rudolph’s name has been much in the news lately as some of his iconic buildings have been demolished or are under the threat of future demolition. His early beach houses are cherished as examples of minimal constructs that foreshadowed green design but are often considered too small for wealthy new owners who expect a grandeur of scale.

The thick concrete walls and bulky forms of his later “brutalist” buildings are much harder to love. Many find them cold and alienating, such as the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York (1967), scheduled to be torn down in the next few months.

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