Art: Puddled Spire

Since Swiss-born Architect Le Corbusier uttered his famous dictum, "A house is a machine to live in," his followers have outdone themselves in paring down structures to their bare bones. While their efforts, seen from the outside, have often produced some handsome glass-walled slabs, the effect on the inside has too often been that of a streamlined, air-conditioned nightmare. To counteract these trends, a handful of modern architects have moved back towards rough tex tures and hand-worked surfaces to get away from the "over-calipered look."

Most recent example is Architect Eero Saarinen's new cylindrical...

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