In Berkeley, one of Louis Kahn’s last designs, the Flora Lamson Hewlett Building, has been renovated by Russell Architects

In Berkeley, California, renovations by San Rafael firm Russell Architects to Louis Kahn’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Building at UC Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union (GTU) completed this November.

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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