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Louis Sullivan


Expression of architectural ideologies, building elements and materials with respect to Architect Louis Sullivan’s structures: Wainwright Building & Guaranty Building.

Louis Sullivan was an architect of the Modernist movement; he dealt with skyscrapers that came with the advancement in material (steel). A comparative study between the elements of the two buildings was represented in a graphic.

Modernist architecture dealt with issues like, crowd therefore needed more floor space, economy with a rise in need for office spaces.

Intersection between aspects like cuboidal floor plans gave rise to open centre. Intersection between materials like terracotta & steel, gave rise to vertically striped, geometrically ornamented cladded facades. Often following a grid internally and externally.