Centennial Hall
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Architect Max Berg
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Location Breslau, Poland
Date 1911 to 1912   timeline
Building Type exhibition hall
 Construction System reinforced concrete
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Early Modern
Notes Circular hall. dome on cross plan, 213' diameter, height of 137', covering 6340 sq yards. "Jahrhunderthalle"




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Discussion Centennial Hall Commentary

“…its reinforced concrete structure was simultaneously daring and conservative; daring in its unprecedented span of 225 feet and conservative in that the extraordinary structure was largely masked on the exterior by the stepped tiers of its clerestory fenestration. Berg’s invention, with the engineer Trauer, of a radial ribbed dome, spanning onto a tension ring-beam which in turn transmitted its weight to a series of four great arches, may be taken as a step in the gradual realization of de Baudot’s vision of a vast reticulated space.”

—Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p182.

Sources on Centennial Hall

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. plan drawing, p156.

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. Center and

Udo Kultermann. Architecture in the 20th Century. New York: Van Nostand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-00942-9. LC 92-26734. NA680.K7913 1993. discussion p56.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. cut away axonometric drawing, p229.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, plan, section, and site drawings, p49.  Find books about Centennial Hall


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