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KATARXIS N°2

Windsor Village Hall

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Windsor Village Hall, Windsor, Florida (1989-1999)
 
by Léon Krier
 
(Scott Merrill and George Pastor: Construction and Site Architects)
 
(Photo by L.Krier/ S.Merrill/ G.Pastor)

"Occupying the focal point of major vistas and avenues, and flanking a public square, the Village Hall is both a meeting hall and a symbol for the new community of Windsor, at once its profane and sacred heart.
 
Rising on a podium, the thirty white pillars carry the steep roof well above the horizontal lines of town center, houses, and walled gardens, forming a highly visible architectural and urban magnet.
 
Rather than offending the skyline of the town, it complements it with an essential component."
 
 

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Windsor Village Hall and Piazza, Windsor, Florida
 
by Léon Krier (in association with Scott Merrill and George Pastor)
 
(Photo by Mike L. Waller)

"The simplicity of its internal and external volumes differs with the articulate plasticity of houses,--its elevated porch, its multitude of doors and arched windows, its very openess contrasting with the protective enclosures of private homes--, further enhance the public character of this unique structure."

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Windsor Village Hall , Windsor, Florida
 
by Léon Krier
 
(Photo by S. Merrill and G. Pastor)

"Much of the power of this building comes from its ability to evoke a sense of "the other", not as a modernist might do, but by appropriating forms that are recognizably ancient while not specifically referential."
 
David Gobel

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Windsor Village Hall, Windsor, Florida
 
by Léon Krier
 
(Photo by S.Merrill and G.Pastor)

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Windsor Village Hall, Section 

"It impressed me as a truly remarkable building: simple, yet monumental. Its purity of form and primitivism give it a timeless quality. The building is highly evocative, or, perhaps more concretely, it invokes a nameless sense of the sacred. It has a mythopoeic quality."
 
David Gobel
 
 

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Windsor Village Hall, Site Plan, Windsor, Florida
 
Project by Léon Krier
 
Associate Architects for Construction: Scott Merrill and George Pastor
Client: Galen and Hilary Weston (Toronto)

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Windsor Village Hall, Side Elevation

"The monumentality of its scale, the unfamiliar size and sheer repetition of its elements at once establish and proclaim its exceptional, its uniquely civic status, --as shelter and symbol of the community."
 
Léon Krier

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Windsor Village Hall, Side Elevation, Windsor, Florida
 
Léon Krier
 
(Photo by L.Krier/ S.Merrill/ G.Pastor)

Res Publica - Res Privata 

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Windsor Village Hall Square and Fountain 
 
by Léon Krier
 
(Photo by S.Merrill and G.Pastor)

"Every traditional architecture makes a fundamental difference between public and /or sacred buildings on one hand, and utilitarian and /or private on the other.
 
 The first ones express the quality of collective institutions--(dignity, solemnity, grandeur)-- in the res publica and the res sacra; the second ones express the more modest rank of private activities--(residential and economical)--in the res privata and the res economica.
 
When industries have facades of cathedrals and dwellings look like royal palaces, if museums look like factories and churches like industrial halls, it means that a fundamental value of the republic is in crisis."
 
Leon Krier
 
"Choice or Fate"
 
(Andreas Papadakis Publications)  

New Urbanism and Sacred Architecture 

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Windsor Village Hall, Interior View
 
Léon Krier
 
(Photo by L.Krier /S.Merrill /G.Pastor)

"New Urbanism is like America at its founding: it is neither religious, nor "about" religion, nor competent either to adjucate disputes between religions or to force any individual to be religiously observant; but the the Founders realized --(hence "non-establishment /free exercise /no religious test")--, and we should too, that religion is important to both individuals and the common good, and will be so long as all men are mortal."
 
Philip Bess

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Windsor Village Hall, Longitudinal Section
 
by Léon Krier

"Religion is not a part of New Urbanism, but as stated in the Charter or the New Urbanism:
 
 "Civic buildings and public gathering places require important sites to reinforce community identity and the culture of democracy.
 
 They deserve distintive form, because their role is different from that of other buildings and places that constitute the fabric of the city."
 
Oscar Machado