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