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The New York Times hails this civic monument by Thom Mayne of Morphosis as "his most powerful government work to date." Ideal for government structures, the building is permanent and solid, grandiose and setting the curve. What is remarkable, however, is the transparency. The metal cladding and environmentally sensive glass reflect the imposition, clandestiny, well-intentions, and shortcomings of our government. In an age of terrorism and secrecy, it is refreshing to see what's going on in buildings
The building carefuly handles the uncertain social and political realm with a deep amount of public hierarchty inside and out. With idealistc modernism yet honest realism, Thom Mayne inserts optimism into a tired and often frantic urban core.
Completed in 2007, the building has 18 floors. As the first naturally ventilated office building on the west coast, it consumes less than half the energy of a typical office building this size.
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