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1960s Architecture

Explore the best architecture works of the 1960’s decade. Built and unbuilt projects (1960 – 1969)

The 1960s was a transformational era that brought along the change of thought-paradigm, a rupture with old values, and the creation of new musical, artistic and constructive movements. The architecture was used as an instrument of political and social manifestation, as well as cultural. The 60s was an era full of daring projects based on questioning concepts while searching for new heights and breaking free of the old paradigm.

Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaika / Kunio Maekawa
Cultural Architecture

Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) / Kunio Maekawa

The Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan), designed by  Kunio Maekawa in 1957, opened in April 1961. The building was Japan’s first concert hall and was located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The heavy cornice and roof superstructures are reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s works, for whom Maekawa had previously worked. Directly adjacent to the hall stands the National Museum of…

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Temple Street Parking Garage / Paul Rudolph
Architecture

Temple Street Parking Garage / Paul Rudolph

In 1962 Paul Rudolph completed the six-story Temple Street parking garage in New Haven exemplifying the excitement of the automobile at the time. In two city blocks, the garage design was treated as a mega-structure the full 700-foot length. The architect used an organically shaped module fully built-in reinforced concrete to materialize the construction.

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Sculpture Garden lake - Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena / Ladd & Kelsey Architects
Architecture, Cultural Architecture

Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena / Ladd & Kelsey Architects

In 1969, Ladd & Kelsey designed the award-winning, thought-provoking – and controversial – Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to house the institution’s large and prestigious contemporary art collection. At the time, Pasadena was so influential in contemporary art that its only American rival was lower Manhattan. The museum was previously known as the Pasadena Art Institute and the Pasadena Art Museum.

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Exterior View The Retreat: Creek Vean House / Team 4
Residential

The Retreat: Creek Vean House / Team 4

In 1966, Team 4 completed its first project on the southern coast of Cornwall. Set in the ground, the cockpit-like structure has a trapezoid concrete shell, with built-in seats alongside a small kitchen including a stove. The seating zone was secured by a glass covering portrayed as a “complex, crystalline polyhedron”.

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Exterior
Residential

Moore House in Orinda / Charles Moore

The Orinda House designed by architect Charles W. Moore for himself in 1962 is located in a valley behind San Francisco. In this project, Moore experimented with very simple means the possibility to recreate a project that could embody references to different moments of architectural history and that would allow an unconventional distribution and articulation of space.

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