Shoebox style

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In architecture, shoebox style refers to the functionalist style of modern architecture characterised by predominantly rectilinear, orthogonal shapes, with regular horizontal rows of windows or glass walls.[1]

A dingbat apartment building

Along the same analogy, it refers to undistinguished styles of apartment houses, such as dingbat apartments.

The puritan and repetitive shoebox style is seen as a way to low-cost construction.[2]

The term "shoebox style" is also applies to concert halls of rectangular shape, as opposed to the traditional circular amphitheatre/arena/horseshoe shapes.[3]

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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