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New Formalism (architecture)

Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, designed by Welton Becket and Associates, 1967

New Formalism is an [3]

"Common features of the New Formalism style, which was quite often expensive to build, include:

  • Use of traditionally rich materials, such as travertine, marble, and granite or man-made materials that mimic their luxurious qualities
  • Buildings usually set on a podium
  • Designed to achieve modern monumentality
  • Embraces classical precedents, such as arches, colonnades, classical columns and entablatures
  • Smooth wall surfaces
  • Delicacy of details
  • Formal landscape; use of pools, fountains, sculpture within a central plaza"[3]

Notable architects

Notable examples


  1. ^ Wiffen, Marcus, American Architecture Since 1780: A Guide to the Styles, The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1969
  2. ^ "Music Center - Architecture and Design of The Music Center". 
  3. ^ a b "Architectural Styles in Fullerton: New Formalism". 
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