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In my past professional lives, I have been a salesman, an auto mechanic, a draftsman, a security guard, a cartographer of cemeteries, and a Russian, Serbian, and Croatian Linguist whilst in the Army. Now, I have found my calling in life, hence the architectural student status. I am in my 5th and last year of schooling to get my Bachelors of Architecture.

For those that have asked, I am from Tennessee and always will be, regardless of what state I am currently residing, hence the TN in my name.

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University of Minnesota's Gateway Center - Antoine Predock

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The humongous granite-and-copper building is an overwhelming and
intimidating place externally. But the building is meant to be like a geode
a rough-hewn rock that, once cracked, reveals a hollow inside lined with
crystalline treasures.
4th Nov 2006, 20:27  

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hildegard says:

How well do you think it achieves the ambition?

5th Nov 2006, 03:33

tnrkitect says:

Personally, I feel it achieves the goal Predock set of resembling a geode as found locally, at least stylistically. It almost feels like a superficial effort, at least from the outside, but you get sold on the concept from the inside.

I don't particularly care for the styling (I am more of a traditionalist), but I have to admit that the interior is simply stunning on a lighting, general atmosphere, and functional level.

On the whole, I feel this building will hold it's own in 20, 40, 60 years, whereas the Gehry building on campus (a few posts back) will appear dated and dowdy.

That longevity to me signifies that it is a good building.

5th Nov 2006, 03:41

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