Happened today: Minoru Yamasaki 34th anniversary of his death

Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki was born in Seattle, Washington, 1 December 1913 – died February 6, 1986 – was a Japanese-American architect, considered one of the masters of “New Formalism”, an style that emerged in the United States during in the 1960 with many Classical elements as Classical columns, highly stylized entablatures and colonnades.

His first internationally recognized project was the Pacific Science Center with its iconic arches, constructed by the City of Seattle for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The walls of each building, composed of many pre-cast concrete slabs, form an arch motif used by Yamasaki in a number of other buildings he has designed.

In 1955, he designed the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport terminal in Missouri, which was notable for its impressive use of concrete vaults and which strongly influenced subsequent American air-terminal design as John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.

In the 1960s he built numerous buildings such as the Irwin Library at Butler University, Indianapolis, 1963, and in the same year The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, Ohio, and Northwestern National Life Building, Minneapolis, 1965, is framed by about 63 slender quartz-faced concrete columns with reflective pools and landscaping.

Yamasaki is international best known for the World Trade Center, a complex of several buildings built on a 16-acre in New York City. The complex was notable for its 110-story twin towers of the 1,360 ft (410 m), which, until their destruction in 2001 were among the world’s tallest structures. The first of the towers was finished in 1970 and finished in 1976.

After the construction of the twin towers for the World Trade Center, Yamasaki built numerous towers such as the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles and Torre BOK in Tulsa, built in 1975, Rainier Tower in Seattle, Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, 1978, and Torre Picasso in Madrid, 1988.

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