Today, we are talking about one of the most unconventional architects and designers of the 20th-century I. M. Pei. The realization of peculiar buildings that still carry the architect’s signature style. For this reason, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum by I.M. PEI (Cleveland, USA) is an ode to the music and the material representation of rock and roll music, just the way he envisioned it. Keep reading and you will be surprised about the museum story!
ABOUT I.M. PEI
Born in China in 1917, he emigrated to the United States to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, he joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During this period he started to research Le Corbusier and became friends of the Bauhaus architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. For that reason, their influences were permanent fixture of M. Pei architecture style.
As the of the 1983 Pritzker Prize noted:
He has refused to limit himself to a narrow range of architectural problems. His versatility and skill in the use of materials approach the level of poetry.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
The Hall of Fame project finished in 1995. The Museum is the combination of simple geometric shapes, built above the Lake Erie, in Cleveland. A 162-foot-tower chooses as the central supporting system from which twin triangular-shaped glass structures and a circular drum extend from different sides. Finally, the result is an exhibition space divided into eight floors of decreasing sizes that attract balconies, stairs, bridges. Interior designer fondness for geometric shapes and clean lines well represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s unusual shape. “A bold and new architectural vocabulary” that convey the rock and roll spirit.
White, squared metal panels cover the building façade and create a visual continuum, broken only by the glass triangular tents. Moreover, in front of the building a 65,000 square-foot plaza, made of concrete, resonates with its circular platform. Likewise, there stands a central floral bed and a performing stage.
In 1998 the building received the Engineering Excellence Award from the New York Association of Consulting Engineers. Also, in the same year, the Award for Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture Using Structural Steel from the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Steel Construction.