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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Architect I.M. Pei, Pyramid at the Louvre Museum, Paris, 1993
HEADING FOR 100--An icon in international architecture, I.M. Pei, recently celebrated his 99th birthday (April 26).

Architect Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Guangzhou, China in 1917, the son of a prominent banker. He moved to New York to study architecture and established his first architectural firm in 1955.

Pei became famous for designing the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong and the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. Many of his best buildings may be found in the United States, including the Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street in New York, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the National Gallery of Art's East Building in Washington, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. These light-flooded structures are powerful and impress with exceptional clarity.

Centurion Condominiums, NYC
I.M. Pei's only condominium building, The Centurion Condominium at 33 West 56th Street in the heart of Manhattan, was designed in 2008, with his sons at Pei Partnership Architects.   When units do come available for sale they begin at $2.5 (2016 dollars), says the building's broker, Thomas Guss of New York Residence, Inc.

Pei, now the world's most celebrated living architect, looks back at 70 years of groundbreaking architectural work across the globe. "Still, New York is the most exciting city in the world. It is pulsating with life - and architecture is the mirror of life," says Pei.

John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, completed 1979
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, completed 1989
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar completed in 2008
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio completed 1995.

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