An Architectural Gem in Budapest

BUDAPEST: Approaching the city’s new House of Music, Hungary, the low structure ahead is intriguing, its roof punctuated with what appears to be splotches of gold. Up close the roof hovers like an undulating canvass. The exterior wall is curved translucent glass reflecting trees and passersby.  Everywhere on the ceiling and walls a visitor encounters the architect’s whimsical touch, shimmering gold objects that resemble falling leaves. … Continue reading An Architectural Gem in Budapest

Remembering the Genius of IM Pei

HONG KONG: From the moment I first laid eyes upon it, I was captivated by the east wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. When it opened in 1978 from my work place across the National Mall I marveled at its sharp angles and irregular shapes so strikingly different from the main gallery’s neo-classical style. It was apparent that not only was IM … Continue reading Remembering the Genius of IM Pei