AD Classics: PPG Place / John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson

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The design of PPG Place, by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, melds the notion of the modern corporate tower with a neo-gothic monument. Clad in almost a million square feet of manufactured by the anchor tenant PPG industries, the architects ingeniously rethought accepted practices in curtain wall design to create “the crown jewel in ’s skyline.” (1)  The 1.57 million square foot complex was one in a series of high profile corporate projects completed during Johnson’s controversial foray into postmodernism.

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa / Philip Johnson & John Burgee

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The twin office towers known as I and II located in Madrid, Spain defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects & John Burgee and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), these structural expressionistic towers straddle one of Madrid’s most important boulevards – the Paseo de la Castellana. More details after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Madrid

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . As the third largest city in the European Union, is the economic and political capital of . The streets and neighborhoods for the most part remains historic, but the city is punctuated with moments of engaging and interesting contemporary architecture. For those who have followed our city guides, you will have noticed that this is our second stop in . That said, is distinctly different from Barcelona. The differences between the two are manifested in their architecture, both old and new. Our lists only cover relatively recent projects, but a quick glance at the two will give you a sense of the differing cultures and lifestyles (Barcelona’s City Guide). Both lists are far from complete and we are looking to add to them in the near future. In the meantime add more of your favorites to the comment section below.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide  page.

The Architecture City Guide: Madrid list and corresponding map after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles

The Architecture City Guide series heads to the West Coast this week.   area is huge and it was nearly impossible to narrow down 12 buildings for this weeks list.  Here’s what we suggest visiting if you are in LA, but we want to know what additional buildings you think we should add to our list!  Visit the comment section and provide your can’t miss buildings in LA.

The Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles list and corresponding map after the break!