NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Architect César Pelli, known for designing some of the tallest buildings in the world, has died. He was 92 years old.
Pelli, an Argentine whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, said Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
Pellis cause of death was not stated.
After growing up in Argentina in depression, Pelli rose to the literal heights of the architectural world. Its Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) are one of the tallest buildings in the world at a height of 400 meters.
The news of his death triggered tributes from people, including Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, who "tweeted the works he leaves all over the world." The world as a legacy is a pride for the Argentines. "
Matt Fleury, President of Pelli's Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, praised Saturday's architect for creating" the very expressive, beautiful, and functional structure that's needed. "
Pelli, a former Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, saw his subject as "eminently social Art, "he said to an interviewer in a magazine in 2012.
It has a deep responsibility in everything that has to do with people, their history, their geography and their feelings," he told Americas, a journal , which was then published by the Organization of American States.
Next to the Petronas Towers are Pellis Buildings These include the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, the colorful Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and Brookfield Place, a downtown Manhattan skyscraper complex headquartered in The Associated Press. The complex, formerly known as the World Financial Center, is located opposite the World Trade Center.
Other Pelli projects are as diverse as the three-storey Shanghai International Finance Center, Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, a chapel at Xavier University in New Orleans, and the BOK Center in Tulsa.
Pelli was born in a humble environment in the northern Argentinian town of San Miguel de Tucuman. He once told an interviewer that his grandfather's heritage was nine in one oven. His mother was a geography and French teacher, and his father was a civil servant and eventually sold inks and glue to get through during the Great Depression.
As a student at the university, he dealt with architecture, having realized that this included everything I like, drawing, history, design, art, "he told The Talks, an online magazine, in 2017. One The University of Illinois scholarship brought him to the United States in 1952.
During his career, Pelli became known for, among other things, his soaring skyscrapers and his use of glass.
"One strives for the sky, and I understand that. He's so powerful, "he told The Talks.
Still, Pelli told the online magazine he lived only five or six stories tall," so I can see the people, the trees and the world on the street. In addition, I lose contact with the ground! "
In a 2007 interview with La Gaceta, a newspaper in his Argentinian hometown of Tucuman, Pelli was asked what he wanted his epitaph to read.
" & # 39 He was a good person & # 39 ;, "replied the architect.