Happy 107th birthday Philip Johnson!

  • 08 Jul 2013
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by David La Chapelle. © LaChapelle Studio

Today, July 8th, is Philip Johnson‘s Birthday! (1906-2005)

The recipient of the very first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979 and the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, Johnson was described by Pritzker jurors as someone who “produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the environment. As a critic and historian, he championed the cause of modern architecture and then went on to design some of his greatest buildings.” In 1932, along with Henry-Russell Hitchcock, he curated the Modern Architecture: International Exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art – at that moment, “The International Style” was born, and the course of modern architecture forever altered.

As we did last year, ArchDaily is celebrating with a special Glass House logo. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, The Glass House, with its perfect proportions and its simplicity, is still considered a modern marvel.

Learn more about Philip Johnsons’s work after the break…

Johnson’s work was not limited to modernism, and in 1984 he designed the iconic AT&T building in New York (today the Sony Building), a 197 meter tall postmodernist sky scraper. The building became infamous for its ornamental style and resemblance to Michael Grave’s Humana building. Another iconic building designed by Philip Johnson, together with John Burgee, is the Puerta de Europa in Madrid, two leaning towers that have become an icon of the Spanish capital. 

The Sony Tower, formerly the AT&T Building, in New York City. Photo by David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons

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Cite: Merin, Gili. "Happy 107th birthday Philip Johnson!" 08 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=398631>

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