Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Norman Foster projects in Singapore

An aerial view of the Expo train station

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bank of China Building Hong Kong

I work with natural forces ,not the supernatural
I M Pei

Inspired by the bamboo, this building is 369 metres high.Completed in 1989 this building's design was criticized by the Feng Shui establishment because there were too many sharp edges

Friday, September 5, 2008

List of I M Pei's work

1954–1959 — Mile High Center, in Denver, Colorado, USA
1960– Erieview Plan Cleveland, Ohio
1961–1967 — National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado, USA
1961 — Kips Bay Plaza, in New York, New York, USA [1]
1961 — Government Center Master Plan, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1962 — Place Ville-Marie, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1962 — Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawaii, USA, Official web page
1962 — Hale Manoa Dormitory, East West Center, University of Hawaii, USA
1963 — Luce Memorial Chapel, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
1963 — Society Hill Towers – Philadelphia, PA, Unofficial website
1964 — Green Building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1964 — S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University — Syracuse, New York
1966–1968 — Sculpture Wing of the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa
Official page of Pei's Sculpture Wing
1966 — Silver Towers at New York University
1967 — Hoffman Hall at University of Southern California
1968–1972 — 50 FAA air traffic control towers, in various locations throughout the United States, such as O'Hare International Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (South Carolina), and Indianapolis International Airport (since demolished).
1968–1974 — Christian Science Center, in Boston, Massachusetts
1968 — Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, New York
1969 — Bushnell Tower, in Hartford, Connecticut, Building website
1969 — Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, in Columbus, Indiana
1969 — Academic Center, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
1970 — Sundrome (National Airlines terminal) at JFK Airport in New York, New York
1971 — Harbor Towers, in Boston, Massachusetts
1971 — American Life Insurance Company Building (renamed Wilmington Tower), in Wilmington, Delaware
1972 — Governor's Residence Halls at SUNY Buffalo
1972 — Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas
1972 — Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut
1972 — Pei Residence Halls at New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida
1973 — Commerce Court West in Toronto, Ontario
1973 — Spelman Halls at Princeton University
1973 — Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York
1974–1978 — East Building, National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC[4]
Official East Building project webpage
1975 — OCBC Centre in Singapore.
1975 — The Lamar Building Penthouse in Augusta, Georgia
1976 — National Bank of Commerce building, in Lincoln, Nebraska [2]
1976 — John Hancock Tower, in Boston, Massachusetts — Pei gives Henry Cobb the credit for this building
1976 — University of Rochester's Wilson Commons
1978–1982 — Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington, Indiana
1979 — John F. Kennedy Library, in Boston, Massachusetts[5]
1979 — One Dallas Centre, in Dallas, Texas[6]
1979 — Baltimore World Trade Center, in Baltimore, Maryland
1979–1986 — Javits Convention Center in New York, New York
1980–1985 — Raffles City in Singapore.
1981 — the Texas Commerce Tower in Houston, Texas, currently the JPMorgan Chase Tower; (3D/International cooperated with Pei on the design of this building). The nearby drive-in bank was Pei's first drive in bank project.
1982 — 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado.
1982–1990 — Bank of China Tower, in Hong Kong
Bank of China Tower project website
1982 — Apartment for Steve Jobs
1983 — ARCO Tower, Dallas, Texas
1985 — Wiesner building, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1986 — Fountain Place, Dallas, Texas
1987 — CenTrust Tower (now Bank of America Tower), Miami, Florida
1987 — IBM Somers Office Complex, Somers, NY
1989 — Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas
1989 — Carl C. Icahn Center for Science at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut
1989 — Headquarters for Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California
1989 — Pyramids of the Louvre, in Paris, France with Peter Rice
Pyramide du Louvre website. (See also: La Pyramide Inversée.)
1990 — The Gateway, Singapore
1992 — The Kirklin Clinic of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, Birmingham, Alabama
1994 — Four Seasons Hotel New York, New York City, New York
1995 — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio
1996 — Miho Museum, Shiga, Japan
Official museum website
Official information on the architecture
1999–2006 — Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Official museum website The Folly at Oare House in England
2000 — Dexter the Jack Russel's Ears, Pershore, UK
2001 — Essensa East Forbes, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines
2001 — Friend Center for Engineering, at Princeton University.
2002 — Tour EDF, La Défense, France
2003 — extension building to the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German history museum), in Berlin, Germany.
2004 — Torre Espacio, Madrid, Spain
2005 — Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
2005 — Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2006 — Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan (currently under construction).
2006 — Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Washington D.C.(Official opening on July 29, 2008).
2002–2006 — New wing of Suzhou Museum, in Suzhou, China
2004–2007 — Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar
2002–2008 — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA
Project website
2009 — NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gateway Building 1990

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Raffles City Shopping Centre

Night view of the city from the top floor of the Swiss Hotel

The building on the extreme left is a hotel operated by Swiss Hotel

This project was undertaken by I M Pei in 1980.

I M Pei, the world renowned architect commissioned to design Raffles City, described it as a catalyst in enriching the quality of life in Singapore. "Physically, it could become a symbol of national dynamism. Functionally, it could provide much of the facilities needed for encouraging tourism."

Monday, May 12, 2008

OCBC Building

The Overseas Chinese Banking Coporation or OCBC building was the first of three projects in Singapore designed by I M Pei.

This project was undertaken in 1975 and is sometimes called the calculator by locals, this building stands at 201 metres with a total of 52 floors.

Singapore Buildings designed by I M Pei

There are three buildings designed by I.M Pei in Singapore.

ieoh ming pei was born in april 26th, 1917 in canton, china,
son of a prominent banker.
his grandfather gave him several advices as
'wherever you go, go with your hart'
and 'if one day you are doing important things, always do them
by means of virtue and you will be like the north star,
which keeps its place while all other stars turn towards it.'

pei emigrated to the us at 17 to study architecture at m.i.t.
(the massachusetts institute of technology) until 1940
and obtained his 'master' in architecture in 1946
from the harvard graduate school of design. as a student
he was influenced by the work of le corbusier, walter gropius
and marcel breuer.

his first professional experience was with the celebrated
city planner-developer william zeckendorf,
for whom he designed large scale public housing projects.
in 1955 he founded his own firm 'i.m.pei and associates'
which became'i.m.pei & partners' in 1966 and
'pei cobb freed & partners' in 1989.