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Ieoh Ming Pei in front of the glass pyramid in the inner courtyard of the Louvre, with which he moved the main entrance to the museum to the centre of the complex.
Photo: Marc Riboud, Musée du Louvre
Ieoh Ming Pei in front of the glass pyramid in the inner courtyard of the Louvre, with which he moved the main entrance to the museum to the centre of the complex.

To the death of Ieoh Ming Pei

The architect Ieoh Ming Pei died last night at the age of 102. An obituary by Robert Volhard, founder and board member of Stylepark.
by Robert Volhard | 5/17/2019

Without the architect Ieoh Ming Pei Stylepark would probably not exist. In the eighties, as a teenager, I spent a summer at the Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in Connecticut, on whose campus Ieoh Ming Pei built the Paul Mellon Arts Center. The building awakened my love of architecture. He showed me how impressively architecture can create spaces with the play of mass, emptiness and light. Thanks to him I decided to study architecture. No less fascinating in my education was the impression of his most famous, and at the beginning probably most controversial design, the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris. His ability to bring complex structures to an essence, his clear, geometric signature as well as his feeling for the right mixture of transparency and unity, has always accompanied me ever since. Ieoh Ming Pei was always ahead of his time. The quality and versatility of his work has enriched our present enormously and certainly not only opened my eyes to a new form of architecture.

The Paul Mellon Arts Center in Connecticut was dedicated in 1972.
Choate Rosemary Hall
The Paul Mellon Arts Center in Connecticut was dedicated in 1972.
Completed in 1989, the glass pyramid of the Louvre is one of the landmarks of the city of Paris.
Photo: Olivier Ouadah, Musée du Louvre
Completed in 1989, the glass pyramid of the Louvre is one of the landmarks of the city of Paris.
Exhibition building of the German Historical Museum (DHM) in Berlin by Ieoh Ming Pei from 2003.
Photo: Ulrich Schwarz, Deutsches Historisches Museum
Exhibition building of the German Historical Museum (DHM) in Berlin by Ieoh Ming Pei from 2003.