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Johnson Building Improvement Project: Johnsonsian Principle #2

by Gina Perille

Through careful analysis of  Philip Johnson’s words — he wrote and spoke extensively about his work — the William Rawn Associates architecture team has developed a process to ensure a respectful intervention that upholds the character and principles of Johnson’s original design.

Another Johnsonian Principle is “Procession: Moment of Arrival.”  Here’s what Philip Johnson had to say about its application at the Central Library in Copley Square: “We never did get the entrance straight. The requirements for security changed exactly at that moment, and I had none of those details as part of my design…”

Procession: Moment of Arrival

 

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