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BUILDING A DAY: October 29, 2014

Sarasota Herald Tribune Building
Sarasota, Florida

Architect: Arquitectonica International; Bernardo Fort Brescia,
Jenifer Briley, Robert Gallagher, and Alfonso Jurado
Photos: Erin Williams

 

?There is always a hidden story in the pieces of the building. The building has its own expression in that roof. It is like a series of newspaper pages opening; it begins in a V, it doesn’t come down in a hip. It is exactly the opposite. Almost as if it is rippling like a printout … a printing press, and the paper is coming out into the city.

These are interpretations, and we like (it) that people interpret. Is it like a forum, or like a newspaper
printing, or like the old roofs of the city put together in a modern way? Or is it simply just trying to capture the water off the roof into those valleys so that it doesn’t flood everywhere? We let people think.?

– Q&A with architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia
Sarasota Herald Tribune
February 23, 2006

The building is a contemporary interpretation of the Sarasota school of architecture, a highly regarded mid-century style founded here by the likes of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph. It was the Sarasota school, in fact, that had influenced the design of the 1956 Herald-Tribune building when it was constructed by the Lindsay family, the paper’s founders. The new building’s raised structure, broad overhangs and open veranda/terrace are characteristic of the Sarasota school. So are the expansive ?front porch? of the building, which beckons people to enter it, and the adjacent public plaza. Arquitectonica’s design is both nostalgic and futuristic, straightforward and complex, serious and whimsical.1


1 Answers to some frequently-asked questions about the new building. Sarasota Herald Tribune, 23 February 2006.

Accessed online: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20060223/NEWS/60224001/-1/SPECIAL15.

 


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