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|Architect||I. M. Pei||
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|Location||Washington, D.C., map|
|Date||1974 to 1978 timeline|
|Building Type||art museum, administrative offices|
|Construction System||post-tensioned concrete, stone cladding|
|Context||urban park setting|
|Notes||Dramatic circulation space, triangular planning grid, semi-underground with pyramidal skylights. Calder mobile in atrium. (Firm name I. M. Pei and Partners).|
|Discussion||East Wing, National Gallery Commentary
"The new East Wing extension to the National Gallery, Washington D.C., sits on a difficult triangular site. However, Pei was able to exploit this feature, giving his wedge-shaped building a marvelous sense of presence and sculptural purpose. A post-tensioned concrete structure, this extension to Washington's major art gallery follows the triangular shape of its Fourth Avenue site. It is situated on an 8.8 acre site with some 110,000 sq ft of main exhibition space and 16,000 sq ft of temporary exhibition areas. This building helped to shape attitudes to museum building throughout the United States in the 1970s and later."
Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p379.
8.8 acre triangular site, 110,000 sq ft of main exhibition space plus 16,000 sq ft of temporary exhibition space.
American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 2004
Madison Drive and 4th Street, on the Mall. Telephone: 202-737-4215.
Sources on East Wing, National Gallery
"25-Year Award to Pei's East Wing", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 183, 2004.0225, pN1.1.
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. grid geometry diagram, p195. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.025. PCD.2260.1012.1841.021
Paul Heyer. American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-01328-0. LC 92-18415. NA2750.H48. model, p40. exterior photo from across plaza, p41.
Ernest and Kathleen Meredith. Slides from photographers' collection.
William S. Saunders. Modern ArchitecturePhotographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. interior photo, p140, 141. A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography, reissued Fall 1999. Get it while you can. Available at Amazon.com
Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f334, p419. An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com
Carter Wiseman. I.M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. NA 737.P365 W57 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3709-3. LC 90-30727. site plan, p165. elevation, p162-3. ground floor plan, p166. main gallery (level 4) floor plan, p167.
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