Robert Venturi

Sin City Embellishment: Expressive or Kitsch?

Though the Las Vegas Strip may be garish to some, with its borderline intrusive décor and “pseudo-historical” architecture, some professional architects, most notably Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, have become captivated by the “ornamental-symbolic elements” the buildings present.

Frank G. Wells Building

Merit Award
Frank G. Wells Building, Walt Disney Imagineering Corporate Real Estate, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, HKS Architects

The Frank G. Wells Building is a five-story office building adjacent to the Main Alameda gate on Disney's Burbank Studio lot. It is a large building designed to be sympathetic with both the low-key Kem Weber buildings that make up the fabric of the campus, and the grand Team Disney Building that it faces. It is laid out as a loft building with standard leasable office depths surrounding an interior courtyard. The modest materials of the base building are replaced by more precious materials at the entry.

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, HKS Architects

Robert Venturi

2003 SEGD Fellow

Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. (June 25, 1925–September 18, 2018) was an American architect and founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures in the 20th century. Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped to shape the way that architects, planners, and students experience and think about architecture and the American built environment.

Robert Venturi, Venturi Scott Brown and Associates
Philadelphia, PA
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