When taken as a whole, the architectural oeuvre of Werner Seligmann can be seen as an evolutionary exposition of the expressive manipulation of modern architectural form. With their evocative historical precedents, their calculated elevational compositions, and their complex interplay of interior and exterior spaces always scaled for the presence of the individual, the work parallels his pedagogical inventions. What can perhaps be most appreciated in these works, though, is their optimistic commitment to the notion that the merits of modernism need not be wholly lost. In the pedagogy of Seligmann’s work, modernism remains an open-ended project challenging contemporary theories while inviting further discovery.
v16_Detail, Science Building II