The layout of buildings around atrium spaces or winter gardens would later become popularized in the shopping mall and numerous skyscrapers of the 1980s.
One of New York's best buildings of the 1960s, the Ford Foundation Building was built for one of the country's largest philanthropic organizations.
In 1995 this building became the 26th recipient of the American Institute of Architects' prestigious Twenty-Five Year Award.
The form of the building represents a departure from the abstract purity of the International Style.
Opened December 8, 1967.
Offices are located around this central court with a view into the atrium garden which also serves as a public space.
The building incorporates a number of conservation strategies: for instance, the water in the indoor pool is gathered from rainfall through systems on the roof, and the coins thrown into the pool are donated to UNESCO Childrens' Fund.
Supported by an exposed steel structure, the building takes the form of a glass box enclosing an interior atrium which rises the full height of the building to a skylight.
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