Inner Worlds

Project Description

What grants architecture its character? This study contrasts the treatment of space, surface and color in two large public buildings that demonstrate opposing principles of articulation: Oscar Niemeyer’s Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in São Paulo and Grand Central Terminal in New York. To demonstrate interchangeability, the spaces are inverted in pursuit of the other’s spatial affect: Niemeyer’s unadorned whitewash and clean lines transforms Grand Central into a soaring Modernist temple, while restrained historicism grants the Matarazzo Pavilion added layers of information that refer to the grandeur of the Beaux-Arts school and draw the viewer’s attention away from abstracted form.