UW Guthrie Hall

Built in 1973, Guthrie exemplifies “New Brutalism,” adopted as a development of post World War II Modernism. This project addresses problems with the original brick anchoring system. There was no allowance for expansion and contraction, causing brick to separate from the exterior walls; in response, new horizontal and vertical expansion joints create smaller brick panels and a more visually accessible building. Pre-cast concrete sills replace the original tile sills.
Seattle, WA

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