Chien Chung Pei on architecture and culture

The Fragrant Hills Hotel in Beijing, the Suzhou Museum, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C... These iconic buildings are the brainchild of Chinese-born architect Ieoh Ming Pei. As the last master of high modernist architecture, his Louvre Pyramid in Paris attracted widespread criticism some 40 years ago. It's now as famous as the Eiffel Tower. In this edition of The Hub, Wang Guan talks to Chien Chung Pei, architect and co-founder of PEI Architects, to discuss his father's enduring legacy and some of his world-renowned projects. He tells Wang Guan that architecture is the outside expression of the inside and that in every project, culture and geometry provide an invaluable source of inspiration, as exemplified by the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Chien Chung Pei also explains his conception of sustainable architecture and how space and light play such a crucial role in his projects. Talking about his Chinese heritage, he reckons that Americans should know more about China.

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