Who Is I. M. Pei?

May 26, 2019
Buckle up, because we’re about to take you on a trip around the world! First off? Paris. We’re driving to the center of Paris and you notice something interesting. It looks like one of the great pyramids of Egypt, but it’s not quite a pyramid and it’s made of glass instead of limestone. Ah, it’s the Louvre, of course—one of the most iconic museums in all of France. What a magnificent piece of architecture, you think to yourself. Next, we’re off to Hong Kong. As we’re flying into Hong Kong, you spot a big building. It doesn’t look like any of the other skyscrapers given its angular shape and triangular facade. We take a cab into the center of the city and realize this isn’t any ordinary building; it’s the Bank of China Tower! Standing at an intimidating 1,205 feet tall, it’s both grand and modern with its cement and glass architecture, and yet gentle and welcoming with its surrounding water gardens. Now it’s time to head to Doha, Qatar. While there, we visit the Museum of Islamic Art, a beautiful white building that looks as if it were built with many smaller blocks stacked together to make a modern interpretation of a pyramid. You’re starting to sense a theme with this trip, and you’re curious to see where we land and what we see on our next and final stop: the United States. We land in Boston and head straight to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and then to Washington, DC to visit the National Gallery of Art. With each stop, you’re more and more in awe of the architecture of each building. After all, they look modern, clean, and airy, and yet welcoming and warm. Who designed these buildings? you ask yourself. That person is Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, otherwise known as I. M. Pei, one of the most revered international architects of our time. Earlier this month, Mr. Pei passed away at the age of 102, and the world mourned the loss of an incredibly talented man who left his legacy around the world in the form of beautiful buildings and skyscrapers. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place, Mr. Pei. Have you ever seen a building that was designed by I. M. Pei? Email editor@xyzanews.com and tell us what you thought of it!