The Hewlett Building—designed and built between 1974 and 1987—is distinct in Berkeley for its Brutalist style, its exterior terraces with lush plantings, and sensuous wooden slats coalescing with a smooth concrete finish. Its lighting fixtures, lintels, mantels, window trims, and furniture are painted in a proto-Yves Klein blue, acting as contrast to the wood and concrete. A pyramidal skylight into the atrium space crowns the symmetrical, ziggurat facade.
Oblique view of the Hewlett Building looking towards downtown
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