The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered | Adam Caruso | Socks Studio
The 2012 Studio at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), held by Prof. Adam Caruso focused on the important relation betweeen the office and the city. In the last 120 years, the office type changed very little in regards with the technical aspects of its construction. Strong emphasis has been given to the volumetric articulation and very little to the surface elaboration, which suffers from a “perverse celebration of emptyness”. The semester addressed the defects in the design of office buildings and “explore the potential of trabeation to give expression to this reluctant actor in the city”.
The studio begins with the analysis of the important essay ‘The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered‘ by Louis Sullivan, in which the architect of the Guaranty Building in Buffalo emphasized the artistical origin of the tall building respect of the technical one.