Concrete's unique architectural beauty, combined with its versatility as a structural material, is broadly incorporated into the most ambitious building project ever ventured in our 50th state: Hawaii's new state capitol in Honolulu. The building is a six level rectangular edifice. It is completely open at the sides and soars to an open crown at its peak. The crown replaces the great dome that is traditionally associated with capitols. The focal point of the building is a 21,000 square foot, open central court that rises from ground level to the crown 113 feet overhead. Office levels climb from the open court as a series of balconies encircling and overlooking the broad central court, paving for which is cast stone laid in block patterns. Although varying textures characterize the exterior of the building, most of the finish is in soft gray concrete. The four cores at the corners of the central court are faced with heavily textured brown cast stone. Sculptural exterior walls of the legislative chambers are faced with natural color cast stone blocks, pyramidical in shape.