Update on Brown's classical Nelson Fitness Center7:14 PM Thu, Sep 22, 2011 | Permalink
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Here are a couple of shots I took this morning of the brickwork going up at Brown's Nelson Fitness Center, which is expected to be completed next March. Even though it's difficult to judge the architecture of a building at this stage of construction, my worst fears that the setbacks would not be deep enough on the facade seem to have been unfounded. So far, it looks as if this building will be a remarkable addition to the Brown campus. Too bad it's an athletic building too far from the campus's main quadrangles to offset some of the damage done by modernist academic buildings in recent decades.
The brick crisscross patterning is called "diapering," though no one seems to know why. Does anyone know? Any speculation? C'mon!
Robert A.M. Stern, with partner Gary Brewer, seem to be doing a fine job here.