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NCAR

NCAR

It’s Friday and I’m about to shut down operations for the night. But, before I power down the computer, I wanted to share today’s photo, a geometric detail of a staircase at the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado designed by I.M. Pei..

The brutalist master piece was completed in 1967 and over the years has aged very well in my opinion. The verticality of the concrete forms mirror the Flatirons in its backyard. My favorite design detail seen throughout the building and walkways are the tall, narrow, vertical apertures framing views of the mountains and Eastern plains below.

Similar to my post yesterday, I have a whole series of images of NCAR that I will be narrowing down to my favorites and publishing a photo essay here soon.

Back in 2013 Architect Magazine published a brief piece on NCAR that included a slideshow of 15 NCAR photographs by Ezra Stoller, one of the Godfathers of architectural photography. Check it out!

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