Location Current Site: Boulder CO UNITED STATES
Creator Personal Name: Pei,Ieoh Ming
Creator Assoc Person Biography: Photographer of Original ELCALP slides of NCAR
Creator Assoc Person Name: Smith,Steve
Creator Assoc Person Role: Photographer
Subject.Image Description: Distant view, NW
Creator.Personal Name Label: Pei,Ieoh Ming
Description.Image Comments: View through the trees with NCAR sitting at the top of the hill surrounded by grass trees and mountains Flatirons in background Clouds
Source.Acquisition Date: 1998-03-05 00:00:00
Style/Period: Constructivist, Late Modern
Style/Period Description: LATE MODERNISM (1970-1990S) This style developed in the 1970s as a continuation of the Second International Style. Late Modernists have attempted to create the expression in architecture of the conditions of the modern industrialized world, but have extended the language of earlier modernism to include a richer range of forms. Some Late Modernists create visual interest by pulling structural members to the outside of the buildings, and others by modeling the building forms more sculpturally, often to emphasize, or appear to emphasize, the different functional elements. These architects tend to emphasize the expression of structure or the expression of function. An influential architect for Late Modernists was Louis Kahn (1901-74); his Yale Center for British Art (1969-77) in New Haven, Connecticut, has been admired and emulated. Another admired practitioner of Late Modernism is I.M. Pei, architect of the East Building of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
Subject Image View Type: Exterior, general view, Grounds, view
Creator.Biography: PEI, IEOH MING. Pei was born in Canton, China in 1917, and he came to the United States in 1938 to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also studied at Harvard, where he earned a master's degree in architecture in 1946, having worked with the famous director of the program, Walter Gropius. Pei then apprenticed in the Boston office of Hugh Stubbins. While working for developer William Zeckendorf's design firm, Webb and Knapp, Inc., Pei designed Mile High Center in Denver (1956-65) and other large commercial projects around the country. He founded his own office in 1960. Pei's work could be labeled "late modern," in that it exhibits the modernist sensibilities of his mentor, Gropius, but it has a more theatrical or dramatic character. His buildings often exhibit complex massing and rich contrasts of materials, forms and spaces, even though his palette of material consists primarily of concrete, steel, and glass. Pei is also much more interested in producing buildings suited to their context and site than the modernists of the 1920-1950 era. Among the most prominent of Pei's buildings are the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (1967); the John Hancock Tower in Boston (1973); the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. (1978-79); the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston (1979); 16th Street Mall in Denver (1982); the pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris (1980s); and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (1993-95). Sources: Judith S. Hull, "Pei, I.M, " Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architect,. vol. 3, pp. 384-86; Carter Wiseman, I.M. Pei : a Profile in American Architecture, New York: H.N. Abrams, 1990. (Joan Draper, 1998)
ID Number.Former Image Accession VISC: 34833
Rights Description: Copyright owned by The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, and the photographer. All rights reserved.
Creator.Comments: Architect, Born in Canton, China. Came to U.S. in 1938.
Source.Requestor Full Name: Lickteig, Lynn
ID Number.Former Digital Accession VISC: 11948
Collection Name: Architecture and Planning Collection
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