i.m. pei & partners

The OCBC Centre in Singapore, designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, 1976. The 197.7 m (649 ft), 52-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the country, and South East Asia, at that time. Photo by Shang Wei Kouo (1931-1988).

It was designed to be a symbol of strength and permanence. The building has been nicknamed the calculator due to its flat shape and windows which look like button pads.

New posmodernism Lower Manhattan skyline, in Summer of 1989. View looking southwest from East River. 

Buildings at left are the 55 Water Street (Emery Roth & Sons, 1972),  One Financial Square ( Edward Durell Stone & Associates, 1987), Citibank (Emery Roth & Sons, 1968). At center are the 120 Wall Street (Ely Jaques Kahn, 1930), City Bank Farmers Trust (Cross & Cross, 1931),  Continental Center (Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, 1983), 88 Pine Street (I.M. Pei & Partners, 1972), 80 Pine Street (Emery Roth & Sons, 1960), 60 Wall Street (Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates-Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) and Cities Service (Clinton & Russell, 1932). Buildings at right are the National Westminster Bank (Fox & Fowle Architects, P.C., 1983), One Chase Manhattan Plaza (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1961), One Seaport Plaza (Swanke Hayden Connell Architects ),127 John Street (Emery Roth & Sons, 1971), 40 Fulton Street (Fox & Fowle Architects, P.C., 1989), the Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973) and 3 World Financial Center (Cesar Pelli & Associates, 1986).

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Bill Harris. “New York. A picture memory”. New York, Crescent Books, 1990.


Bank of China Tower (SPECIAL)


The Bank of China Tower (abbreviated BOC Tower) is one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in Admiralty,Hong Kong. It houses the headquarters for the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. The building is located at 1 Garden Road, in Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island.

Designed by I. M. Pei and L.C Pei of I.M Pei and Partners, the building is 315.0 m (1,033.5 ft) high with two masts reaching 367.4 m (1,205.4 ft) high. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, and it was the first building outside the United States to break the 305 m (1,000 ft) mark. It is now the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre and Central Plaza.

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