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Old November 14th, 2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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Newer Art Déco buildings

please post pics (and date built) of any recently built (since 60's) art-deco skyscrapers and buildings

heres one to get the thread started:

Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis (1982):


im excited to see what there is out there!
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Old November 14th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #2
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Beautiful, a masterpiece of the great Cesar Pelli.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 03:49 AM   #3
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Those were all build on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in the 90s.

Beisheim Center, Berlin
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Kollhof Tower, Berlin
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Old November 14th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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The buildings in this thread so far have been Postmodern. They make references to Art Deco extensively but are modern in outlook. Art Deco motifs of ornamentation and the fascination with African art are largely absent in these new buildings.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 11:45 PM   #5
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maybe these are more inspired by art-deco that actual art deco. in that case i can include more buildings.

These are in Minneapolis:
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Old November 16th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #6
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This is the A.A. Birch Criminal Justice Building located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Birch Criminal Justice Building To Be Dedicated
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A new state-of-the-art $49 million criminal justice building will be dedicated at 3 p.m. (Central Time) Wednesday in Nashville in honor of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., who is retiring Aug. 31 after 37 years of judicial service at every level of the court system.

The A.A. Birch Building ribbon cutting ceremony will include remarks by Chief Justice William M. Barker, Birch, members of his family and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell. The six-story building at 408 2nd Ave. No. in Nashville will house general sessions and criminal courts serving the 20th Judicial District.

“It is truly with mixed emotions that I am retiring from the judiciary,” Birch, 73, said. “I have been privileged to spend most of my life in public service doing something I enjoy. I cannot adequately express how grateful and humbled I am by the honor of having this beautiful building named for me.”

The courts in the A.A. Birch building had been housed in the 69-year-old Davidson County Courthouse, along with other courts and offices. The historic building has undergone a total renovation and the new building has been added to the complex.

Birch, who was described by Gov. Phil Bredesen as “a trailblazer in the legal profession,” sat as a judge in the old courthouse before being elevated to the Court of Criminal Appeals and, later, the Supreme Court. His portrait hangs in the courtroom over which he presided as a Criminal Court judge.

He began his judicial career in 1969 as a General Sessions Court judge in Davidson County. He previously had served as an assistant public defender and assistant district attorney in Nashville. In 1978 Birch became a Criminal Court judge, and in 1987, he was appointed to the state Court of Criminal Appeals. He was elected to the intermediate appellate court in 1988 and was reelected in 1990.

Gov. Ned McWherter appointed Birch to the five-member Supreme Court in 1993. He was elected the following year and reelected to an eight-year term in 1998. Birch became Tennessee’s first African-American chief justice when members of the court elected him to the position in 1996. He served as chief justice from May 1996 to July 1997.

During his tenure on the bench, Birch has been recognized with a number of professional awards and honors, including the National Bar Association’s prestigious William H. Hastie Award in 1995. Other honors have included the Barbara Jordan Award, the highest honor given by the international Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Birch earned his B.A. and law degrees from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of Law Review. He is a former associate professor of Legal Medicine at Meharry Medical College and a former lecturer in law at Fisk University and Tennessee State University. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the Nashville School of Law and has served as University of Memphis School of Law distinguished jurist in residence.

In announcing his retirement, Birch said he has been “immeasurably blessed” in his career.
In his letter to the governor informing him of his decision to retire Birch wrote that his public service “has proven to me that a well-lived life depends not upon what one obtains, but upon what one gives.”

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Old November 16th, 2009, 07:27 AM   #7
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POST-MODERN.......
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Old November 17th, 2009, 01:18 AM   #8
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POST-MODERN.......
Eh, Post-Modernism can borrow from whichever style that the architect wishes to. I love it when the architect chooses to go for an Art Deco aesthetic, truly my favorite architectural style!
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Old November 19th, 2009, 02:10 AM   #9
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I really like the accenture tower in Minneapolis:
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because the architect designed the roof to be similar to the nearby Foshay tower:
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Old November 19th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #10
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oh god wells fargo building in that second pic looks like the background of a film noir movie.

beautiful
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Old November 19th, 2009, 10:25 AM   #11
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Old January 19th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #12
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NBC Tower, Chicago
Built in 1989, architects Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill:


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Old January 19th, 2010, 02:25 PM   #13
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Parkview Square, Singapore - 2002









That Batman building

3 Mar 07

The Art Deco-style Parkview Square looks like the Caped Crusader's lair. But it really was the brainchild of the late Taiwanese tycoon C.S. Hwang

EVERY now and then in the history of cities, an individual has a building constructed to stamp his mark on the metropolis - and the public takes notice. Parkview Square is one such example in Singapore.

To the chagrin of architectural purists, this imposing structure, completed in 2002, has captured the imagination of Singaporeans and visitors with its uncompromising Art Deco style.

The building is the brainchild not of the architect but the owner, the late Mr C. S. Hwang, chairman of the Chyau Fwu Group.

How did the Taiwanese tycoon, working with American designer James Adams, come up with a building whose closest cousins are the great 1920s Art Deco skyscrapers in New York - the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center?

Art Deco features sweeping, stylised lines, immaculate detailing and fine craftsmanship, and an affinity for sculptural ornamentation.

'We did not start off having Art Deco in mind,' said Adams on a recent visit here, noting that he had presented 16 different architectural schemes to Hwang.

Calling Parkview Square the tycoon's 'iconic build', he said: 'The eventual decision to go Art Deco came about as the design evolved and he found it best expressed his vision for this building - imposing and monumental, yet stylish and elegant - not unlike the Art Deco buildings he had also observed in Shanghai.

Eddie Chow, a senior executive at Chyau Fwu, said: 'Mr Hwang knew that this was going to be his last major project. So he wanted it to be iconic, something to leave to future generations.'

And so contemporary architectural convention was challenged in the way the $88- million office tower took shape - from the intricate handcrafted details of the 15m-high ceiling in the lobby to the eight gigantic fibreglass 'powermen' crowning the building, reminiscent of those guarding the entrance to the 1919 Helsinki Central railway station.

Despite its period garb, the building's intelligent office floor offers a large column-free floor plate of 1,500 sq m. And, though a 24-storey building, it stands 144m tall, maxing out on the permissible height. This meant greater floor-to-floor heights of 4.75m, and higher construction and running costs.

Though the take-up rate was slow initially, Parkview Square is today fully occupied.

As an urban entity, its elevated walled forecourt offers an oasis of calm just a few steps above the busy sidewalk of North Bridge Road. Occupying the centre of this elevated plaza is a stylised statue of a golden crane.

The Chinese characters of this symbol of longevity spell the chairman's name. The crane faces north, signifying his abiding feelings for his Chinese homeland.

Surrounding this central figure are statues of great historical figures including Sun Yat Sen, Abraham Lincoln, Frederic Chopin and Isaac Newton, nestled amid landscaped greenery.

If the name of Parkview Square's designer doesn't quite roll off the tongue, this is perhaps intentional. For Adams is in the business of 'ego architecture' - the critical difference being that the ego in question is not his, but the owner's.

Thus, Adams is the opposite of the 'starchitect' whose calling card is his forceful personal style or sensibility. Indeed, in addition to Adams, Hwang had approached one such 'starchitect', Norman Foster, for Parkview Square.

But given his penchant for personal participation, Hwang's choice was clear.

Adam's oeuvre - including casinos, resorts and private homes - reflects his 'egolessness'.

Still, this attitude doesn't mean the designs are weak. Parkview Square is no dumb steel and glass box. Its design provokes reaction, good or bad. The building has carved for itself a niche in Singapore's urban consciousness, as verified by the affectionate moniker it has earned since its opening: the 'Batman Building' or 'Gotham City'.

And, in case you've been wondering, Adams is no fan of the Dynamic Duo.


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Old January 19th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #14
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^Cool building! I've never seen this one before
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Old January 20th, 2010, 03:39 AM   #15
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yeah, stunning art deco, never knew singapore had it!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #16
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The Parkview Tower of Singapore has amazing interiors as well, someone gotta show some impressions of those.


Good thread idea, btw. It's corresponding to the Neo Historic architecture thread recently opened in the Classic Architecture forum.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #17
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The interior is rather opulent and and I heard features a fairy in the wine cellar. Anyway the plaza is quite nice too and here are some shots from ClubSnap by David Loh:













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