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Simon Henley shares his thoughts on João Vilanova Artigas’ university building in Brazil
Artigas’ 1962 design for FAU coincided with a new more intellectually liberal direction in architectural education in the city. Studios, workshops, laboratories and a library are situated on open decks (without balustrades) around a central quadrangle known as the “yellow saloon” beneath a field of skylight. Raw insitu concrete, it is the size of a football stadium and yet its great perimeter walls rest on just 14 ingenious sculptural pillars.
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