Building Study
Paul Rudolph
Government Services Center

Spring Semester 2014

Studio Coordinator Josh Bard
Studio Professor Jen Lucchino

The work of Paul Rudolph often demonstrates the divide between drawings and built architecture. In the case of the Government Services Center in Boston, Massachussetts, Rudolph’s drawings of the building present a light, airy structure surrounding a grand courtyard, its structure forming a rhythmic crescendo reaching its apex with a tower overlooking the whole site. Yet in life, the vast concrete walls and columns rise in every direction, every surface textured with vertical striations which, grand in drawings, create cavern-like shadows. When the tower was not built, the project lost its concluding stroke, leaving the courtyard to be surrounded by practically unbroken horizontal lines of concrete.

A series of diagrams analyzing various aspects of the building, from proportions, spatial relationships, and circulation to conceptual diagrams.

Sketch of the design, as it was originally conceived with the main, but ulimately unbuilt, tower.

Drafted axonometric section drawing showing the approach ramp passing through the colonnade.

Experiential diagram expressing the horizantality of the courtyard. Relief drawing constructed from cut watercolor paper.