The building was designed by the architectural firm Harrison and Abramovitz. The same company designed the United Nations building in New York.
It is often referred to as "the boat building," because of its shape. But it was also originally designed to rest in a pool of water that surrounds the base just below the lobby level. From certain angles the building has the visual properties of a sail.
When Cesar Pelli designed the nearby Connecticut Science Center he considered the proximity of the Phoenix Building and gave the new structure a curved roofline to enhance the relationship between the two.
© Dean Pagani 2018