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 One of the best examples of color planes is the Doge’s Palace in Venice (c. 1340). The building defies the logic of construction by putting the heaviest mass of walls above the lightest array of slender columns, making the palace look like it is floating atop a skirt of lace. The beige color of the more solid part contrasts with the off-white of the lacy underskirt. The designer used the elements of Gothic architecture, the pointed arches interwoven with four leaf clover windows, in a way no other Gothic architect had ever used them. 

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The Casa del Fascio is 

another breakthrough in

Italy that came in the 1930’s when an

architect named Giuseppe Terragni defied

traditional styles and designed a modern building

in a kind of cube made of shifting planes of concrete, 

leaving the building looking very solid in one direction and

very open in the other. It gives an appearance a little like the

end grain of a block of wood that looks solid from the side. This

building has influenced many architects throughout the world.

     I had this same style in mind when I designed this senior center in Wellesley, a solar

building with glass facing the south

for solar heat gain and solid

insulated walls facing the

north to retain

the heat.

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