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I.M. Pei & Partners' Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Captured by Nipun Prabhakar

I.M. Pei & Partners' Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Captured by Nipun Prabhakar

On the week commemorating American-Chinese architect I.M Pei’s birthday, Delhi-based photographer and photojournalist, Nipun Prabhakar, has shared with us a series of images of I.M Pei & Partners’ building, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The firm was commissioned in 1968 by Cornell University to build the university’s museum that would also serve as a teaching facility and cultural center for the educational community. The building was completed in 1973 and was awarded the American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 1975.

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Located in the university's campus in Ithaca, New York, the building directly responds to its site in terms of size, direct relationship with the surrounding, and orientations. The result is a massive concrete structure, of 9 floors and 61000 square feet, with a fifth-floor that cantilevers over the surrounding gardens, offering striking views of the open-air sculpture park below. The museum’s interiors are open spaces that house galleries and exhibition spaces with plenty of natural light and horizontal views of the exteriors.

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These images were taken over time and through the different seasons and as the artist, Nipun Prabhakar, appreciates, “The Buff-coloured, poured-in-place concrete, in a way, acts like a canvas where nature could reflect its moods in different shades. It's something you can see in the photos.” 


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“I found it very simple and muted, as in a way it is giving the podium to the artworks and exhibitions inside it to speak, rather than doing it itself. At the same time, it's a strong and opaque vertical structure standing its ground firmly, like in a way its strength symbolises the importance of museums.”

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In 2011, the firm, now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, undertook an extension to the original building, adding 17200 sq ft of new construction and 6000 sq ft in renovations, in the form of a pavilion connected to the original building by two underground levels. Discover ArchDaily’s full collection of I.M Pei’s work and check below the photo essay by Nipun Prabhakar.

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Cite: Paula Pintos. "I.M. Pei & Partners' Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Captured by Nipun Prabhakar" 30 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/960800/im-pei-and-partners-herbert-f-johnson-museum-of-art-captured-by-nipun-prabhakar> ISSN 0719-8884
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摄影作品 | 贝聿铭‘赫伯特·F·约翰逊艺术博物馆’ / Nipun Prabhakar

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