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Old November 25th, 2017, 02:55 AM   #1341
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Lycée Hôtelier du Touquet, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France (1972)
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lately I've had little time for the forum unfortunately, but I want to post this gem

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Old December 1st, 2017, 01:24 AM   #1343
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Dream house material!!
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Old December 1st, 2017, 03:32 AM   #1344
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 06:39 PM   #1346
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 10:25 PM   #1347
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the Olsen House is beautifully integrated into the location. The room with the map of Paris would be a quiet, cool retreat. In fact the whole house looks like a retreat, nestled in the trees, elevated up into them.

Notice the handrail on the steps, curved in one piece. Quite easy to achieve but looks like a million bucks.
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 10:35 PM   #1348
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Old December 8th, 2017, 05:14 PM   #1349
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Nice thread. I'm late to the game here, so I searched to make sure you didn't have this one yet - didn't see it. Apart from the Kirkpatrick house, which was mentioned in Post #886, another great example of mid-century modern Architecture in the Kalamazoo area (and in my humble opinion, anywhere in the world) was the Upjohn Company's Headquarters / Building 88. It was designed by SOM, with Sasaki Associates doing the landscape design. Construction began in 1959 and it opened in 1961. It was 300,000 SF across 2 stories, and housed over 500 administrative employees at its peak. It was tragically demolished by Pfizer, the Pharmaceutical giant of a company that bought out Upjohn, in 2007, claiming it was expensive to maintain and no longer necessary to the operations of the company. It had many innovative features, including 9 separate courtyard spaces, all uniquely landscaped, escalators that turned on automatically when you approached them, underground VIP parking with all marble finishes...

Some design renderings, by SOM:

Source:Upjohn.net


Source:Upjohn.net

Site plan, by Sasaki:

Source: sasaki.com

Under construction - you can see the pyramid ceiling which is integrated with the structure. Over 4,000 pyramids comprised the finished ceilings:

Source: Upjohn.net


Source: Upjohn.net

Under construction - concrete wall with stone finish:

Source: Upjohn.net

Under construction - in the main courtyard:

Source: Upjohn.net

Under construction - nearing completion:

Source:Upjohn.net

Sasaki STILL has amazing photographs (by Ezra Stoller) of this building on their website:

Main courtyard, after completion:

Source: sasaki.com

Looking west across pond towards the main production facilities (across Portage Road from the HQ):

Source: sasaki.com

Looking the other way, towards the front of the building:

Source: sasaki.com

Here's some more completed photos, all found on Upjohn.net:

View from front carport entry, with all-marble finishes:


Board Room:


Conference / meeting room:


Workspace view and servery scene:


General dining room:


Executive dining room:


An executive's office:


Employee Rec room:


Small courtyard, by night:


Another small courtyard view:


Walt Disney was friends with Don Gilmore, former president of Upjohn. He would show up occasionally on the site:

Source: [URL="http://www.findingwalt.com/upjohn-visit-in-1964/"]findingwalt.com[/URL:

Aerial view in 2006, shortly before demolition in 2007:

Source: findingwalt.com

Photos from right before / during demolition activies:

Source: Dusty Sexton | flikr.com


Source: Dusty Sexton | flikr.com


Source: Dusty Sexton | flikr.com

Today, it's all just an empty, grassy field.

Anyway, hope that was interesting for you. If there's one building that I could bring back from the dead in Kalamazoo / Portage, this would be it. There are plenty more photos, news articles, etc. on Memories of the Upjohn Company (Upjohn.net), if anyone is interested.
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It was such a nice building, shame on Pfizer.
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