Shoebox style

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A dingbat apartment building

In architecture, shoebox style is a functionalist style of modern architecture characterised by predominantly rectilinear, orthogonal shapes, with regular horizontal rows of windows or glass walls.[1] Dingbat apartments are an undistinguished shoebox style. The puritan and repetitive shoebox style is seen as a way to low-cost construction.[2]

Shoebox style concert halls of rectangular shape are also popular, as opposed to the traditional circular amphitheatre, arena or horseshoe shapes.[3][4]

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  1. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana (1989) ISBN 0-7172-0120-1, p. 238.
  2. ^ J.J.Coulton, Michael Raeburn (eds.)(1980) Architecture of the Western World, ISBN 0-8478-0349-X, p. 61.
  3. ^ Music Halls from the 18th to 20th Centuries: Changes in Acoustical and Architectural Criteria Archived 2006-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Types & Forms of Theatres" (PDF). Theater Projects Consultants. Retrieved 2019-01-01.