Domino's mansion: Thomas Monaghan, Gunnar Birkerts and the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Planning Research Organization for a Better Environment (PROBE) Press, 1988 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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DOMINO'S MANSION shows how lessons of Frank Lloyd Wright helped to harmonize a large corporate office building near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with its natural setting. Thought today prefers to minimize human contact with our fragile environment, usually as vicarious glimpses on a television screen; nature seems no longer reconciled with our amorphous suburban-exurban world. Thomas Monaghan, President of Domino's Pizza, Inc., admires Wright. His original goal at Domino's Farms was to fulfill an unbuilt Prairie mansion design of Wright's as his home office building. Gunnar Birkerts, his architect, applied Wright's organic design process to produce instead a dramatic half-mile-long building as nerve center to the world's largest pizza distribution network. The result revives Wright's ever-so-timely mandate to accommodate nature in human habitation. The narrative of DOMINO'S MANSION also places Domino's Farms in the larger historical context of a century's evolution of the American corporate headquarters building. Publications reviewing the book included AB TRADE NEWS - BOOKMAN'S WEEKLY FOR THE SPECIALIST BOOK WORLD, DETROIT FREE PRESS, LOS ANGELES TIMES, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (Denver), & SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER. This publication won the Printing Industry of the South 1989 award for "Best of category (books) for excellence in printing."

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