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Best Products Building

Now a boring Best Buy. Ths is a scan from a book. More from the book:

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A 1977 project in Sacramento, California, called the Notch showroom, continued SITE's use of fragmentation and subtraction. As James Wines describes it: "The basic showroom prototype remains unchanged--again using architecture as the 'subject matter' or raw material of art, rather than the objective of a design process. However, whereas the 'indeterminate facade' uses additions as reductions, the 'Notch' showroom uses reductions as additions. In this case the building is penetrated by a 14' high raw-edged notch which serves as a main entranceway. The 45-ton wedge extracted from this gap is mounted on a rail system incised into the paving and mechanized to move a distance of 40' to open and close the showroom." Understandably, crowds of spectators assemble to watch the morning opening and evening closing.

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The Museum of Modern Art, New York. _Buildings for Best Products_. New York: Arts Publisher Inc., 1979. 10.

 

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