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.