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RIP I. M. Pei 1917-2019

Fri May 17, 2019 12:09 pm

I. M. Pei, one of the most significant architects of the 20th Century has died in New York.

I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102.

Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide. Pei's designs are renowned for their emphasis on precision geometry, plain surfaces and natural light. He carried on working well into old age, creating one of his most famous masterpieces - the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar - in his 80s.

Some of his works:

Louvre Pyramid

Bank of China Tower - the best looking Skyscraper design ever, in my opinion.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

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Re: RIP I. M. Pei 1917-2019

Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 pm

"The architect who hated the right angle" as I heard him refered to on TV just now, and I guess that is at least partially true, he seemed to like triangles, arcs, hexagons etc... He made some very impressive buildings in his time, a true giant of 20th century architecture.

It's a pity most of his work at JFK has fallen to "progress" :(

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Sat May 18, 2019 12:57 am

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Sat May 18, 2019 2:51 am

My cousin used to do renderings for Mr. Pei and Pei was his favorite Architect. My favorite rendering was his night setting of the Louvre Pyramid. I can remember reading about that work in Time and a lot of the good folks in Paris did NOT like the Pyramid at all - but time (and the increase in tourists) seems to have soften their view. Now they would riot if it was to be removed! Actually Pei did brilliant work on the Louvre. We went there a few years ago and the design was fantastic. It's an experience that everyone should enjoy.
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Sat May 18, 2019 3:06 am

I have been to the JFK Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He left a mark for sure.
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Sat May 18, 2019 3:09 am

Couldn’t agree more - in the 90s when the HK skyline was less intense, the Bank of China tower was an incredibly bold standout away from boxes and phallic shapes typical of skyscrapers. It has kind of lost its impact in the current context, but man, what a gorgeous building.
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Sat May 18, 2019 8:18 am

Collins Place in Melbourne was designed by Pei, one of the first mixed-use developments in Australia. The Sofitel (originally the Regent) Hotel in the complex was one of a few hotels in the world with a 50th floor for many years. The design still holds up well today, nearly 40 years after completion.


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Sat May 18, 2019 8:38 am

I like the "Library Tower" in downtown Los Angeles.

(When I lived there it was called the First Interstate World Center :boggled: )
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Re: RIP I. M. Pei 1917-2019

Sat May 18, 2019 3:05 pm


I was only a kid when the Louvre pyramid was built so I can't give an opinion about the mood at the time, what I find funny is that this part of the palace wasn't even part of the museum, it was the finance ministry, so I can't see why people would care so much. The pyramid is striking of course, but more importantly it's an all new, large and practical entrance to the museum complex, a concept that has since been copied by other large museums.

An illustration about its place in today's Paris and France is that it was used by president Emmanuel Macron for his victory speech :

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