Woodbury University School of Architecture | Studio 2A | Fall 2016 | Ericson, Gharakhani, Branda, McLemore


Tangent Light

Boullee uses radial symmetry in his conceptual drawing for a “Project for a Truncated Cone-Shape Cenotaph.”  Boulle's radial symmetry is interrupted with an entrance, creating a bilateral plan. Boullee’s symmetry is not visible from the exterior, one can only realize the radial symmetry if they were to stand in the middle of the building. Like Boullee, in this project radial symmetry was used to create a diagram. In plan view there is a bilateral symmetry that is not visible from the elevation. The vertical diagram disrupts that symmetry by shifting it’s center axis.In the   “Project for a Truncated Cenotaph” Boullee makes  the  diagram  very  visible  through  repetition  and  the actual use of the diagram to create space from the geometry. Unlike  Boulle,  there  are  no  visible  traces  of  the  diagram  in the  lobby,  in  the  second  and  third  floor  the  diagram  was used to create partition walls to create space. The project is located  on  third  and  Spring  making  the  building  stand  out from its surrounding. The contrast between the surrounding buildings and this project is noticeable. The surrounding buildings are rectangular shaped and this project is a parabolic building with a parabolic tumor coming out of its side.


Downtown Los Angeles


Aquatic Center


Project for a Truncated Cone Shaped Cenotaph // France // Etienne-Louis Boullee


Vertical Diagram

Transformations of Plan Diagrams




 Light Wells

Light Wells