Day 102/365 of Steel – César Pelli

César Pelli (October 12, 1926 – July 19, 2019) was an Argentine-American architect who designed some of the world’s tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. The American Institute of Architects named him one of the ten most influential living American architects in 1991 and awarded him the AIA Gold Medal in 1995. His designs are known for their scale and sensitivity to the surrounding landscape, and include urban landmarks such as Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, One Canada Square in London, New York’s World Financial Center, and the colorful Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers
Fig 1: Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers
Image: The Jakarta Post

Whereas the Petronas Towers were mainly built out of concrete, the huge shopping center at its feet is a 100% steel framed building, built by Victor Buyck Steel Construction. More than 18.00t of steel was used in this supersized shopping mall.

The Winter Garden At Brookfield Place
Fig 2: The Winter Garden At Brookfield Place
source: Tripadvisor

The 1988 World Financial Center, now known as Brookfield Place, consists of four towers, two octagonal buildings, the Winter Garden public atrium, a plaza, and a marina.

The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Fig 3: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
© César Pelli

One Canada Square is a skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London. It was completed in 1991 and rises at 235 m above ground level containing 50 storeys. The design and shape are based on earlier precedents buildings that include Brookfield Place and Elizabeth Tower. The building is clad with durable stainless steel.

The BOK Center
Fig 4: The BOK Center
source: Odell Architecture

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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