IM Pei at 100: 10 of the architect's most significant buildings. Chinese-American architect IM Pei turns 100 today.
To celebrate, we've selected 10 of his most iconic buildings from a career that spans seven decades. Ieoh Ming Pei was born on 26 April 1917 in Guangzhou, China. He moved to the US to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, then engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and finally Harvard's Graduate School of Design – where he studied under former Bauhaus masters Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. After a stint working for the US National Defense Research Committee towards the end of the second world war, Pei began his architectural career, and worked for American real-estate magnate William Zeckendorf from 1948. He went on to open his own New York-based architecture firm in 1955, which had several name changes before becoming Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989. Clásicos de Arquitectura: Iglesia de Pampulha / Oscar Niemeyer. La Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, diseñada por el renombrado arquitecto Oscar Niemeyer e inaugurada el año 1943, se encuentra en Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek, y se transformó en el símbolo de esta ciudad de brasil, siendo parte del proyecto del Conjunto de Pampulha.
Encargo por parte del alcalde, este proyecto es un importante hito en la arquitectura moderna de Brasil. Más información a continuación. Niemeyer obtuvo un importante reconocimiento a partir de esta obra, uno de sus primeros diseños. El arquitecto decidió, gracias a las libertades plásticas que permite el hormigón, ir en contra de la monótona arquitectura moderna en el mundo, con lo que comienza a trabajar con sus características curvas. Aunque la iglesia es considerada la obra más importante del conjunto Pampulha, recibió numerables críticas por parte del ambiente cultural tradicional y las autoridades eclesiásticas, por su novedosa forma.
New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture. New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture Adding to its regular releases of city guide maps, London-based publisher Blue Crow Media has now produced the Brutalist Paris Map, in collaboration with Nigel Green and Robin Wilson of Photolanguage.
Having previously covered Washington D.C.’s most prominent Brutalist buildings, the latest map highlights over 40 Parisian examples of Brutalist architecture. "This map not only guides the reader to discover many of Paris’s boldest and exciting post-war buildings, it also provides a different way to experience Paris as a city, to explore areas not usually on the tourist itinerary and to encounter some genuinely radical urban environments," said Robin Wilson, co-founder of Photolanguage and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Some of map’s more notable projects include Maison du Brésil, and the Communist Party Headquarters, designed by big names such as Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. AD Classics: Roman Pantheon / Emperor Hadrian. AD Classics: Roman Pantheon / Emperor Hadrian Locked within Rome’s labyrinthine maze of narrow streets stands one of the most renowned buildings in the history of architecture.
Built at the height of the Roman Empire’s power and wealth, the Roman Pantheon has been both lauded and studied for both the immensity of its dome and its celestial geometry for over two millennia. During this time it has been the subject of countless imitations and references as the enduring architectural legacy of one of the world’s most influential epochs. The Pantheon, which now stands on the Piazza della Rotonda, is in fact the third such structure to occupy the site.
The original Pantheon was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa, the son-in-law of Emperor Caesar Augustus, and was dedicated in 27BCE. AD Classics: Eiffel Tower / Gustave Eiffel. AD Classics: Eiffel Tower / Gustave Eiffel The world had never seen anything like the graceful iron form that rose from Paris’ Champ de Mars in the late 1880s.
The “Eiffel Tower,” built as a temporary installation for the Exposition Universelle de 1889, became an immediate sensation for its unprecedented appearance and extraordinary height. It has long outlasted its intended lifespan and become not only one of Paris’ most popular landmarks, but one of the most recognizable structures in human history. In 1884, the French government announced the planning of an international exposition to honor the hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789 – the fourteenth such fair to be held in France since the close of the 18th Century. Eiffel was well established in the field of ironworking in the mid-1880s. AD Classics: Exeter Library (Class of 1945 Library) / Louis Kahn. Architects: Louis Kahn Location: Exeter, New Hampshire Architect: Louis Kahn Structural Engineer: Keast and Hood Company Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Dubin-Mindell-Bloome Associates General Contractor: H.P.
Cummings Construction Company References: Phillips Exeter Academy Area: 12321.0 sqm Project Year: 1972 Photographs: Flickr - Ed Brodzinsky, Flickr: User - yan.da, Flickr - User: Kiel Bryant, Flickr - User: o f f s e t From the architect. In 1965 Louis I. Kahn was commissioned by the Phillips Exeter Academy to design a library for the school. The Academy had been planning the new library for fifteen years but were consistently disappointed with the designs that the hired architects and committee were proposing. Mi Moleskine Arquitectónico: ALVAR AALTO: AYUNTAMIENTO DE SÄYNÄTSALO. El ayuntamiento de Säynätsalo, en Finlandia, no sólo es la obra más conocida del célebre arquitecto Alvar Aalto, sino una de las más notables de la arquitectura moderna en general.
La presente entrada incluye extractos del estudio que sobre esta obra hizo Geoffrey Baker en su imperdible "Análisis de la forma. Urbanismo y arquitectura". Pero además, quisiera complementar ese análisis con la experiencia de la visita al sitio, que permitió percibir el énfasis que puso el arquitecto en la diáfana relación de la arquitectura con el vistoso entorno natural, el estudiado manejo de escala, proporción, vistas y circulación y sobre todo, el magistral uso de los materiales propios de la tradición escandinava con un lenguaje moderno, sin por ello perder sencillez, humanidad y sensibilidad .
AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto. Despite being one of the seminal works of modern Scandinavian architecture, Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library languished in relative obscurity for three-quarters of a century until its media breakthrough in late 2014.
Its receipt of the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for a recent renovation was covered by news outlets around the world, bringing the 1935 building previously unseen levels of attention and scrutiny. This renaissance is nothing less than extraordinary. Abandoned for over a decade and allowed to fall into complete disrepair, the building was once so forgotten that many believed it had actually been demolished.  For decades, architects studied Aalto’s project only in drawings and prewar black-and-white photographs, not knowing whether the original was still standing, and if it was, how it was being used. History Photographs from before 1940 show Aalto's library at the heart of a proud city, located just behind Viipuri’s stoic, neo-Gothic cathedral.
The Design  Id. Fondation Le Corbusier - Buildings - Villa Shodhan. This villa has a story: The commission was given to Le Corbusier in 1951 for the residence of a Mr.
Hutheesing, Secretary of the Millowners, with a set of requirements primarily personal, complicated and subtle. Just when the construction plans were completed Mr. Hutheesing there upon sold them to Mr. Shodhan, who owned another plot and desired to start construction immediately. As luck would have it, Le Corbusier's Indian projects are always dictated a priori by the Indians. Clásicos de arquitectura: Casa sobre el arroyo / Amancio Williams. En el año 1943 el destacado compositor argentino Alberto Williams le encargó a su hijo menor Amancio, quien recién había finalizado sus estudios de arquitectura, el diseño para su casa de veraneo en Mar del Plata.
Clásicos de Arquitectura: Edificio de la Asociación de Propietarios de Mill / Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier fue llamado por el presidente de la Asociación de los Propietarios de Mill para diseñar la sede de la organización en Ahmedabad, una ciudad históricamente activa en el comercio textil de la India. El edificio es un manifiesto físico que representa la propuesta de Le Corbusier para una arquitectura moderna de la India. Clásicos de Arquitectura: Edificio Copacabana / Larraín+Larraín. © Stephannie Fell. AD Classics: Everson Museum / I.M. Pei. Architects: I.M. Pei Location: Syracuse, New York, United States Architects: I.M. Pei References: Wikipedia, Everson Project Year: 1968 Photographs: Jesse Ganes From the architect. With a collection focused largely on American art and ceramics, the Everson Museum exists as a structure that is more than just a vault for art. Designed in 1968 by I.M. AD Classics: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Le Corbusier.
The first and only building in the United States designed by the 20th Century master architect Le Corbusier sits among some of the oldest buildings that date back to before the United States was organized. Completed in 1963, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is located on Harvard University’s campus. Designed in conjunction with Chilean architect Guillermo Jullian de la Fuentes and Josep Lluis Sert – dean of Harvard’s GSD at the time, the Carpenter Center stands out among the traditional architectural styles of Harvard Yard as a combination of Le Corbusier’s earlier modernist works. More on the Carpenter Center after the break. Designed to be home to Harvard’s visual arts, the Carpenter Center houses large open studio spaces for students to work and showcase their art. In addition to being a place for art, the center holds the largest collection of 35mm films in the New England region often holding screenings of independent, international, and silent films.