The world faces the loss of yet another iconic artist, whose designs and works have left an imprint worldwide. I M Pei, the architect who designed the iconic glass pyramid in Louvre has died at the age of 102. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay
I M Pei, the talented architect who designed the Louvre glass pyramid in Paris died in New York on Wednesday night. He was 102 years old. His death was confirmed by his architecture firm Pei Partnership Architects. As cited to the New York Times, Pei’s son, Li Chung stated that the architect has passed away overnight.
Who was I M Pei?
Ieoh Ming Pei was a pragmatic artist who was born in Guangzhou in 1917 and moved to the US to get his education at MIT and Harvard. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1940 and went on to pursue design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He received US citizenship in 1954. During World War II, Pei worked as a research scientist with the US government but later went to work on as an architect. He found his own firm in 1955.
Pei’s works have been celebrated worldwide thus making him one of the most influential architects of his time. His designs include the concept of geometry quite extensively and put a lot of emphasis on plain surfaces and the use of natural light. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize, which is often considered as the Nobel Prize of Architecture, in 1983.
Pei’s Works Around the Globe
This 71-foot faceted glass pyramid stands tall at the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris and is considered as one of the greatest landmarks in the city. It was commissioned by the President of France in 1884 and contains great controversies.
This structure is located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. It features the history of the major influential individuals who held a significant part in developing rock and roll.
This is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. It is located in Columbia Point in The Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
Located southeast of Kyoto, near the town of Shigaraki in Shiga Prefecture, Miho Museum also acted as the headquarters of Shumeikai, a religious group that was founded by Mihoko Koyama.
5. The Gateway in Singapore
This 37-storied skyscraper complex is situated on Beach Road. The construction was completed in April 1990. The two buildings in the complex are called The Gateway East and The Gateway West.
6. The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar
Pei travelled for months, seeking inspiration to build this great structure. He spent a significant amount of time in his 80s working on it. It was opened in 2008. “Islam was one religion I did not know,” he told the Times newspaper. “So, I studied the life of Muhammad. I went to Egypt and Tunisia.”