Leoh Ming Pei & Eero Saarinen

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Title: Leoh Ming Pei & Eero Saarinen
 
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Author: Bivek Chandra Poudya
Date: July 1, 2009
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Even the concepts as to why they look the way they are just as intriguing. The pyramid, which is mostly glass and steel, was designed to emancipate the old baroque Louvre from the congestion it was facing and also to celebrate and to give air, space and light to the it whereas the TWA terminal, which is mostly molded sweepingly curved concrete was conceived to celebrate the gracious era of commercial flight...
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Both the pieces of work ignited controversy when they were first built because critics said the pyramid acted like a “glass iceberg” and competed with and shattered the beauty of the old museum. Critics also said that while Saarinen’s TWA terminal’s layout and equipment were technically advanced and carefully thought-out, its form was arbitrarily sculptural rather than structurally coherent...
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