Four Modern Masterpieces by I.M. Pei

A celebration of the pioneering architect behind some of the world’s most recognizable buildings

May 17, 2019

Yesterday’s passing of the renowned Chinese-American architect sunk hearts across the world. This is, in part, because of the breadth of his creations—buildings that melded modernism, cubism, and a sensibility that was all his own. To celebrate his life and legacy, we’ve highlighted four of our favorites. (All quotes attributed to Pei himself.)

1. The Louvre Pyramid, France

“Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.”

The Louvre at NightUriel Soberanes
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2. Suzhou Museum, China

“A lasting architecture has to have roots.”

Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu, China

3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, United States

“Great artists need great clients.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, ClevelandLance Anderson
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4. Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

“Be the best, not necessarily the original.”

Museum of Islamic Art, QatarEea Ikeda
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