Essay The Louvre Palace, Pei's Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong

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PEI’S OTHER WORKS
One of his buildings that really captured my attention is the aforementioned Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. The structural expressionism adopted in the design of this building is supposed to resemble growing bamboo shoots, symbolising livelihood and prosperity. The whole structure is supported by the five steel columns at the corners of the building, with the triangular frameworks transferring the weight of the building onto these five columns. It is covered with glass curtain walls, and it’s unique appearance means that it remains one of Hong Kong’s most distinguishable buildings. However, like the Louvre it has caused quite a large amount of controversy, as it is the only major building in Hong Kong that bypassed the
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PEI’S OTHER WORKS
One of his buildings that really captured my attention is the aforementioned Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. The structural expressionism adopted in the design of this building is supposed to resemble growing bamboo shoots, symbolising livelihood and prosperity. The whole structure is supported by the five steel columns at the corners of the building, with the triangular frameworks transferring the weight of the building onto these five columns. It is covered with glass curtain walls, and it’s unique appearance means that it remains one of Hong Kong’s most distinguishable buildings. However, like the Louvre it has caused quite a large amount of controversy, as it is the only major building in Hong Kong that bypassed the convention of consulting with Feng Shui masters on the design prior to the start on construction.
The building was criticised for its sharp edges and was believed to demonstrate negative symbolism, due to the numerous ‘X’ shapes that were visible in its original design proposals. As a result of the feedback Pei decided to modify some aspects of the design before the construction phase started.
Another one of Pei’s buildings that has quite strong similarities with the Louvre, despite it being a chapel, is the Luce Memorial Chapel. It conforms to Pei’s usual love of geometric and triangular forms, however it has a much more romantic and elegant appearance, owing to the use of bowed sides, rather than Pei’s usual use of sharp angled edges.
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