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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects announces the release of its first survey publication

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects announces the release of its first survey publication

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects announces the release of its first survey publication

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Dec. 18, 2013) — Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, one of the world’s leading architectural offices, announces the release of its first survey publication, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, which documents works from the past eight years, 2005–2012. The 300-page book details over 70 international projects from 2005–2012, includes interviews with the principals, and looks to the future with a preview of work slated for 2013 and beyond.  

Having practiced with Eero Saarinen; Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall in Los Angeles; and Gruen Associates, Cesar Pelli assumed the Deanship of the Yale Architecture School and simultaneously founded what is now Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in 1977.  Helmed in partnership with Fred Clarke and Rafael Pelli, the firm 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 Centre in Hong Kong.  Known for having no “signature” style, the principals take great pride in being directly involved with every project, championing the client and environmentally sustainable design.

They are known in particular for their elegant and technically advanced tower designs, characterized by taut, seamless envelopes without exposed profiles.  Their visual structure is achieved by subtly staggered forms or variations in the color or materiality of the façade glazing. The unusual office structure of Pelli Clarke Pelli facilitates an almost craft-like perception of architectural design and a close personal relation with the client.

Architecture critic Michael J. Crosbie walks through the origins of the firm to present, outlining touchstones of design and core values. From their earliest project to design an addition to and residential tower for the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Minneapolis Central Library and the World Financial Center East Pavilion, Crosbie elucidates the underpinning characteristics of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ design.

Amongst the documented projects are Bloomberg Tower in New York, Minneapolis Central Library, Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, National Museum of Art in Osaka, International Finance Center in Shanghai and Torre Sevilla in Seville.

Preview PDF of the book here

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