Thursday, January 15, 2009

Architectural Passage

A recreasingly urban Memphis should retire the cosmetic architectural tailfin for at least a decade, and bring back the beautiful and functional archway.

Archway of the Tennessee Brewery

It's an excellent combo of visual openness and architectural control.

Archway of the Tennessee Brewery

When it's part of a structure built to the perimeter -- the public sidewalk -- an archway is a good urban mix of vigilance and visual and physical passage.

It would be cool to see a growing St. Jude line their new perimeter

St. Jude's chain link fence

with buildings, and make gateway arches the passage points between public and private . Beautiful urban gateways would be a striking solution to St. Jude's twin challenges of security and recruitment.

And they have a prototype, that they don't know is a prototype, already on their campus.

St. Jude Building

Build more, but this time as large urban gateways.

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Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

Yes, archways! And don't forget about courtyards.

6:08 PM  

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