Cesar Pelli Always Looks Forward to the Next Project

Cesar Pelli




Great design arises from sincere collaboration with a client and a deep respect for a project's environmental, economic and social contexts—Cesar Pelli





Winter Garden Woolworth

Born in Argentina, Cesar Pelli is a world renowned architect best known for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and major urban landmarks. Pelli is often praised for using a wide variety of materials and designs, seeking new solutions for each location. He believes that buildings should be responsible citizens and that the aesthetic qualities of a building should grow from the specific characteristics of each project such as its location, its construction technology, and its purpose.

After graduating in architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Pelli emigrated to the United States and completed his masters in architecture in 1954 at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois. He started his career in the New Haven offices of architect Eero Saarinen and spent ten years there. He served as Project Designer for the TWA Terminal Building at JFK Airport in New York and Morse and Stiles Colleges at Yale University. He later became Director of Design at Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall in Los Angeles, and from 1968 to 1976 he was Partner for Design at Gruen Associates in Los Angeles. In 1977, he founded his own firm, Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven and became dean of Yale University School of Architecture. He resigned as dean in 1984 but continues to lecture and write extensively on architectural issues. In 2005, in recognition of the increased role of the firm's principals, Pelli firm was renamed as Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

Works

Pelli has designed many of the world's most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the International Finance Center in Hong Kong. The award-winning portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, museums, research centers, residences and master plans. The breadth of their work reflects the belief that a firm must not be constrained by a signature style. Rather, great design arises from sincere collaboration with a client and a deep respect for a project's environmental, economic and social contexts. According to Pelli, "I always look forward to the next project. That is one of the wonderful things about architecture."

His contributions in the field of architecture are briefed here.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or just Twin Towers) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a modern expression of Malaysia's culture, history and climate and symbols of its economic growth. The plan of the towers is generated from two overlapping squares that form an 8-pointed star, a pattern frequently found in Islamic design.

Each of the twin Petronas Towers is 88 stories and clad in panels of glass and stainless steel that softly reflect the native light. Between the two towers is a powerful, figural void. To activate this space—the center of the composition—a two-story bridge was added at the 41st and 42nd floors, structured by angled brackets that shape the space and accentuate the vertical thrust of the towers. This "sky lobby" is connects the buildings and contains spaces shared by both, including elevator lobbies, a conference center, and a prayer room.

Although designed and built before sustainability was a common design priority, the towers' design conserves energy through attention to climate and location. Shading devices are built into the façade at every story to take advantage of Malaysia's high sun angle, a traditional practice in tropical architecture. In addition, laminated glass was used to reflect radiation away from the interiors and minimize heat gain, thus reducing the use of air-conditioning.

Transbay Transit Center and Tower, San Francisco, California, USA

Transbay Transit Center and Tower






Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli architects, Transbay Transit Center and Tower aspire to become two of San Francisco's great buildings, expressing through architecture, engineering, and urban design the spirit of the neighborhood, city, and region. The Tower incorporates several green building strategies including passive solar shading, high performance glazing, geothermal cooling, and wind power.






One park west, Liverpool, England

One Park West Liverpool
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, in collaboration with BDP, is the master planner and urban designer for the development area known as Liverpool One. The project is a large, retail-led mixed-use development with areas of varying scale and use. The plan is expected to improve Liverpool's status as a special city of regional and national importance.

One Park West, a landmark residential building and the jewel in the crown of Liverpool One, stands tall at 17-storeys. Its 326 apartments offer stunning views over Chavasse Park, Liverpool's two glorious cathedrals and its world famous waterfront.

The building is a concrete frame construction, clad in a modern clear and opaque glazed curtain wall. This has expressed horizontal floor levels and raked and vertical mullions which allow recessed glazed sections, designed to give the elevation a texture that responds to the movement of the sun. The raked mullion reflects the tower corner feature and from first floor level repeats at each third storey to provide further elevation order and character.

According to Cesar Pelli, "We wanted to create a modern, striking building. A memorable place to live, with exceptional views on a wonderful park. I hope it will become part of the heritage of this amazing city."

BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

BOK Center Tulsa Oklahoma

Designed by Cesar Pelli the BOK Center is an 18,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue that brings national and international events to Tulsa and the surrounding region.

Pelli was asked by Tulsa city officials to create an arena that would be an architectural icon. The bold and unique architectural design of BOK Center reflects the client's desire. Large, sweeping glass and stainless steel walls spiral around the arena, dynamically tilting in elevation and section. The architectural language resonates with Tulsa's Native American past, but the modern materials and scale look to the future. Lobbies and entrances are situated where the walls overlap and separate, pulling visitors into the spiraling space, directing their attention to the event inside and the city outside. The large expanses of glass will allow the building to be light-filled during the day, and a glowing beacon at night—the exterior lighting changes colors.

International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, China

International Finance Centre
Cesar Pelli was selected to design Two International Finance Centre (IFC) after winning an international design competition. Two IFC was the tallest building in Hong Kong, until the completion of International Commerce Centre in 2007. Its height accentuated by its waterfront site, the entire form visible as it stands apart from the cluster of other skyscrapers.

The building has a clear and memorable presence, a great obelisk at the scale of the city. With its carefully proportioned setbacks, its centric form tapers as it rises, expressing a vertical ascending movement. The surface articulation of the curtain wall reinforces the verticality of the design. The vertical window mullions are shaped like airfoils, tracing sharp lines from base to crown. The tower is clad in lightly reflective vision glass and fritted spandrel glass that softens the tower's surface. With specially formulated silver pearl-colored paint on the aluminum components, the tower glows warmly against the peak and the city.

Awards & Recognition

The work of Pelli Clarke Pelli has been internationally recognized with over 100 awards for design excellence, including over 40 design awards from National, Regional and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

In 1991, Cesar Pelli was selected as one of the 10 most influential living American architects. In 1995, the American Institute of Architects awarded Mr. Pelli the Gold Medal, in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement in architecture. In 2004, Mr. Pelli was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the design of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pelli has also written extensively on architectural issues. In 1999 he wrote Observations for Young Architects, published by the Monacelli Press. His work has been widely published and exhibited, with nine books and several issues of professional journals dedicated to his designs and theories. He has received twelve Honorary Degrees, over 200 awards for design excellence and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, the International Academy of Architecture, and of l'Academie d'Architecture de France.

In 2007, Duke University commissioned him to plan a 20- to 50-year revitalization of its Central Campus. On 26 May 2008, Yale University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts degree to Pelli for his work in Architecture.

Pool House: 42MM Architecture creates an environment for well-being

Pebble in the Grass The design inspiration of the pool house by 42MM Architecture lies in creating meaningful environments that enhance the feeling of well-being The unique and quirky pool house breaks many conventional architectural ideas with a bold design and an unusual execution. Conceived as a standalone structure, it complements the existing house, without replicating it. It accommodates a consolidated entertainment zone with a home theater, lounge, pool, changing room, a gym, and two... Read More ...

Space Craftt Architects build a cottage atop a steep slope

Rugged Beauty Space Craftt Architects build a cottage atop a steep slope with panoramic views of the valley and mountains Fact File Project Name: Hill House Client: Yallappa A. Patil Site Area: 10000 sq.ft Built Up Area: 3500 Sq Ft. Location: Fort Panhala, Dist, Kolhapur Architect: Space Craftt Architects Project Team: Ar. Umaesh Raje, Ar. Sachin Pande Interior Designer: Space Craftt Architects Landscape Designers: Space Craftt Architects Structural Consultant: Sunil Desai MEP Consultant:... Read More ...

Ar. Ujjval Fadia designs a modern farmhouse

Weekend Getaway Fact File: Project Name: Weekend Home Location: Bavlu, Ahmedabad Site Area: 4880 sq.yd Built Up Area: 700 sq.yd Architect: Ar. Ujjval Fadia Team: Ar. Ujjval Fadia, Ar. Mitali Shah, Id Sejal Patel Interior Designer: Ar. Ujjval Fadia, Sejal Patel Landscape Designer: In-house Structural Consultant: Er. Nitin Patel, Maruti Consultants MEP: In-house Civil Contractor: Dharmendra Patel Project time taken: 15 months Cost: 2, 05,00,000 Photo Credits: Subhash Patil Material Palette... Read More ...

Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile apartment

Homely Textures Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile studio apartment in AhmedabadFact File Project name: MD Apartment Location: Ahmedabad Gross Built Area: 725 sqft Architecture Firm: Saransh Completion Year: 2019 Photo credits: Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project Material Palette Kitchen Appliances: Siemens Bath Fixtures: Kohler Lighting: Flos Flooring: BFT In stripping the space bare, there was a conscious decision of making it minimal and at the same time,... Read More ...

Studio Svarup Architects' design celebrates rural life

Celebrating Rural LifeFact File Location: NH24, Azadpur Mafi, Distt. Amroha, UP Built up area: 1,500 sqft Site Area: 20 acresClient: Anekant GroupArchitect Firm: Studio Svarup ArchitectsPrincipal Architect: Arnav MathurTeam: Divyaa Saxena, Siddharth BansalConsultants: Sudhir Banga (kitchen)Awards: Winner Architecture Ideas 2.0 at FoAID 2016, Winner A’Design Award 2017 Studio Svarup Architects’ design of the Enroot Restaurant captures the spirit of the rural landscape through the grains,... Read More ...

Green Building: Design Consortium designs India's first 5-star SVAGRIHA rated residence

A Sustainable ApproachDesign Consortium designs India’s first 5-star SVAGRIHA rating residence in CR Park, New Delhi Awarded as India’s first residence to achieve a 5-star rating by SVAGRIHA a TERI and GRIHA collaboration, the form of this 8100 sq.ft house is achieved by staggering and stacking, in order to maximise diffused light. SVAGRIHA is a simplified rating and audit process for green homes.The design, based on principles of green architecture, is punctured with fenestrations to reduce... Read More ...

Castles in The Air by Ar. Sangeet Sharma

ISBN: 978-1-945563-85-0Publisher: RumourPages: 234Paperback ExcerptsLaughter is said to be the best elixir and the book is a satire on architecture written by one who knows the bricks and concrete of the profession by heart. The author delves into the journey of a professional practice with wit and acerbic humor. Every scene unfolds like a screenplay, leaving the reader amazed with the brutalities of life in architecture, and life itself.The book is not for architects alone; but also for... Read More ...

Trends 2019

"Future of the building material industry is very optimistic, especially for safe and environment-friendly products," says Ashwin Reddy, Director, Aparna Enterprises, while giving a perspective on the construction activities in the real estate sector Demand for energy-efficient, environment-friendly, sturdy, light and safe products will continue to be strongAshwin Reddy According to industry estimates, the building material industry is currently valued at $126 billion, employing around 40... Read More ...

Architectural Voices of India by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta

Bengaluru-based author and award-winning architectural journalist, Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta brings together luminaries of the architecture fraternity, for a discourse on architecture and planning in India, its evolution, and a sharing of their journey in the field. The diverse voices of architects Karan Grover, Brinda Somaya, Hafeez Contractor, Shiv Datt Sharma, Christopher Benninger, Ravindra Bhan, Parul Zaveri and Nimish Patel, Raj Rewal, Prem Nath, Sandeep Khosla, BV Doshi, Sanjay Puri, Sonali... Read More ...

Ravi & Nupur Architects

Ravi & Nupur Architects
Ravi & Nupur Architects is a design consultation firm, established in 2009, headed by Architects Ravi & Nupur Jain, with the aim of design of built environment that prioritizes the occupant’s need & quality of life in coordination with social & natural environment.Ravi & Nupur Architects is a professional architect and interior designing firm, based in Jodhpur. The firm was established in 2009 by Ar. Ravi Jain, now principal architect, in 2009 and later joined by Ar. Nupur Patwa in 2013,... Read More ...

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas studied at the Architecture Faculty of the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has made an enormous contribution to architectural development and style in Mexico, improving the environment and quality of life for users. His professional life, with over 30 years of experience as an architect and developer, has been highly prolific, with approximately 180 projects designed, over nine million square meters constructed, and around 2.5 million sqm developed.Sordo Madaleno has won... Read More ...

The Material Palette

Interior designers and architects are experimenting with a host of building materials, from the traditional to the most modern, to offer infinite interior design optionsCompiled by Seema Gupta Interior spaces in India have never been so uniquely designed and furnished. Along with the new products in the market, the age-old traditional time-tested and eco-friendly materials continue to find favour. According to Sachin Gupta of Beyond Designs, home decor is the best way to inject your... Read More ...

Greenbuild India

One of our main focus is preparing for the next 20+ years and sustaining LEED’s explosive growth trajectory. So, in the last few years, we have shifted our vision to prepare ourselves for the future, writes Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)More than 20 years ago, the USGBC started as a vision; today, it is an unparalleled community of sustainability-focused and like-minded people responsible for anchoring one of the... Read More ...

Ar. Hiren Patel

Ar. Hiren Patel
In my architectural practice since 1989, I have gone through several ups and downs, small ones and big ones... growing with every challenge... adapting to prevailing conditions to tide me through the worst crisis. This journey has taught me through wonderful experience to introspect about the intricate idiom with ease.In my quest for excellence, I have poured into my work passion, commitment, wholehearted enthusiasm, hope and my energy and I hope to maintain such a level of integrity and... Read More ...

Ar. Galal Mahmoud

Ar. Galal Mahmoud
The Sofitel Tamuda Bay's architecture and interior design were conceived by us as a smooth and seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. Moroccan culture and craftsmanship are rich in colour and texture and are highly characteristic of this Mediterranean civilization which has evolved over many centuries. The use of innovative materials and methods allowed me to reinterpret this traditional lifestyle into a contemporary language. A telling example is the use of Plexiglas to create the... Read More ...

Ar. Sanjay Arora/ Ar. Sanchit Arora, Renesa Architecture Studio

Ar. Sanjay Arora/ Ar. Sanchit Arora, Renesa Architecture Studio
Renesa Studio and architectural & interior design consulting firm based in New Delhi, is led by Sanjay Arora, Principal Architect & Founder, along with his son Sanchit Arora, Studio Head Architect. Renesa Studio has partnerships with industry leaders who include landscape specialists, contracting firms, furniture manufacturers, etc. The added benefit of these partnerships is that Renesa ensures on-time and on-budget completion of projects. Sanchit Arora holds a bachelor's degree in... Read More ...
MGS Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture
NBM&CW

New Building Material & Construction World

New Building Material & Construction World
L&ST

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Lifting & Specialized Transport
II&TW

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week