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Old February 14th, 2017, 11:02 PM   #1
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how would you call this style?

Many times it happens to me that I like a building but I'm not sure about the style, so I think that a thread for those who have similar doubts could be useful.
For instance, what style is this building?



It's the jefferson hall conference center, part of the East-West center in Honolulu, built by I.M Pei. It seems it's made of concrete, and has certain things that makes me thing of brutalism, but it has also an unusual prettiness for the style. So what you think? Brutalism? Something else?
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Old February 15th, 2017, 12:26 AM   #2
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^ it's postmodern in the general sense of the notion (not in the narrow sense that is used around these parts). It's obiously contemporary architecture but heavily drawing on classic architecture (and quite an ecclectic bouquet of influences). I like it.
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^ it's postmodern in the general sense of the notion (not in the narrow sense that is used around these parts). It's obiously contemporary architecture but heavily drawing on classic architecture (and quite an ecclectic bouquet of influences). I like it.
are you sure is postmodernism? Then it's one of the few postmodern buildings I like.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:21 AM   #4
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Mid-century modern.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:38 AM   #5
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are you sure is postmodernism? Then it's one of the few postmodern buildings I like.
Like I said, it is not what is called here postmodernism (which is referring to a very narrow set of pastiche buildings). But it does fit the general definition of the movement. It's not a formal exploration, form for from's sake (modernism), it's a delightful mishmash of quotes, very "meta" in this regard, very culturally aware.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #7
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and what about the style of this Joseph R. Ensign House (1910)?






I think it's close to the Simsbury town hall, that I'd say it's Richardsonian romanesque, but I'm not sure about the house...
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Old February 18th, 2017, 03:03 AM   #8
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I think it is technically called a brownstone. Kind of a vernacular style, pulling in bits of several styles.
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The term Brownstone is related to a material, not to architectual stile!

This one in Honolulu so far i would call prairie stile. At least its very very Frank Loyd Wrightish

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