New Building To Be Built At Johnson Wax Campus In Racine

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Wrightgeek
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New Building To Be Built At Johnson Wax Campus In Racine

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Below is a link to a news release containing several announcements related to the SC Johnson company, most notable to readers of this board being the start of construction in 2007 of a new building at the company's headquarters in Racine.





http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment ... 006-1.html

JimM
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Post by JimM »

Too bad they are going for the big mega corporate spin on architecture, rather than looking for an individual to bring a unique perspective to their tradition, as when Wright was commissioned.



Whatever Foster provides, we probably will have seen it before. The "next to" (the Wright masterpiece) part of Foster's comment should alarm every one.



At least they do not feel beholden to get ersatz Frank.

Mark Hertzberg
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Post by Mark Hertzberg »

Do not fret about the 'next to' the landmark Administration Building and the Research Tower.



Keep two things in mind. One is that the family does not make aesthetic decisions lightly.



Second, the Johnson campus is big. The spot that I understand has been selected for this building will not intrude on Wright's buildings (if you remember the Mobil gas station at 14th and Racine streets, which has now been demolished, I believe that is the spot). The company's 'Rondelle' pavilion from the 64-65 New York World's Fair is on the campus, as well, as the company's Guest Relations center. I do not know if the Rondelle was controversial when it was adapted to the site by Taliesin Associated Architects or not, but I do not get a sense that visitors to the campus object to its proximity to the Wright buildings.



I have photographed the replica of the Carnauba plane many times, and I look forward to the new display.



Mark Hertzberg
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