The General Services Administration. It’s a rather boring name for a government agency with a rather boring mission, that is “to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to government and the American people.” It was this agency with the exceptionally unexciting name and mission that commissioned architect Victor Lundy to design the brilliant U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C. Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space, screening at the Architecture Center Houston, AIA Houston, with Lundy in attendance, documents the master architect’s recollections of his work on the building, from the phone call he got in the early 1960s from Washington giving him the commission to his choice of pearl-gray granite that covers the structure’s exterior and his use of a 40-foot-wide corridor to echo the size of the judge’s chambers housed in the building. Austere and deceptively complex, the concrete, glass and granite structure has already been added to the National Register of Historic Places. “My artform, all my life, has been architecture,” Lundy says in the film. The landmark U.S. Tax Court Building is certainly a work of art.
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Previews of films from the upcoming 2014 Architecture Center Houston Film Festival: Architecture Meets Life precede the screening. 5:30 p.m. 315 Capitol. For information, call 713‑520‑0155 or visit aiahouston.org. Free (reservations required).
Wed., July 16, 5:30 p.m., 2014