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Christian Science Building, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1962-1967.

This building "has been deliberately designed by Rudolph to be without scale on its exterior, so that it will not appear too small in contrast to an immense armory next door. Elements which have a readily identifiable size-such as doors or steps- are deeply recessed. Unit materials of known dimension- brick or concrete block for example – are avoided for exterior walls and paving, and different textures of concrete are used instead. The structural supports for the projecting roof and parapet are heavier, deeper and more tightly spaced than necessary, playing their part in fooling the eye."
"Paul Rudolph's Elaborated Spaces: Six New Projects." Architectural Record 139 (June 1966): 146.

It was demolished, 1987.

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