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Cesar Pelli

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:28 am
by Roderick Grant
I am not sure how well-regarded he was by our gang, but sad to hear that Cesar Pelli has died, age 92.
WeHo is the site of perhaps is most famous buildings, the Pacific Design Center, a controversial group of 3 huge buildings in heady shades of blue, green and red, huddled around a very small gallery.
His largest would be the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:37 pm
by Jeff Myers
He designed the BOK Center in Tulsa, the largest ramp in the world, as of 2008, and his only arena.

I was there at the opening and walked right by Pelli and a group of people.
I would have taken a photo but alas I did not as I was enamored by the shear beauty of the building, a very modernistic yet somewhat organic structure, resembling a rotating cloud, in my opinion. The acoustics were not grand but they have fixed it since.

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:47 pm
by SDR

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:39 am
by Meisolus
Pelli also designed what is today the Key Bank Building in Cleveland, the tallest building in Ohio. I've always found it to be rather elegant, though I'm not a fan of the red keys at the top.

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:06 pm
by Roderick Grant
For Minneapolis, on the site of the old Donaldson's Department store (which went up in flames along with the entire block in the early 70s) Pelli designed a tower that is often compared to the RCA Building (now 30 Rockefeller Plaza) in New York, though on a considerably smaller scale.

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:42 pm
by SDR
San Franciscans are generally pleased with Pelli's nearly new Salesforce Tower.

(The small map locates the tower correctly, with a red dot; the enlargement omits that dot, leaving a bright green indicator which is not the correct location of the structure.)

Images of the completed tower, including samples of the changeable (and animated) light show at the crown, are here: ... 15&bih=960 ... o-14825574