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Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism A nuanced portrait of the th century architect whose work defined the built aesthetic of corporate America Gordon Bunshaft s landmarkdesign for Lever House reshaped the Manhattan skyline and elevated the reputation of Skid, Owings Merrill SOM , the firm where he would spendthanyears as a partner Although this enigmatic architect left behind few records, his legacy endures in the corporate headquarters, museums, and libraries that were built in his distinctive modernist style Bunshaft s career was marked by shifts in material Glass and steel structures of the s, such as New York s Chase Manhattan Bank, gave way to revolutionary designs in concrete, such as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and the doughnut shaped Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC Bunshaft s collaborations with artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Jean Dubuffet, and Henry Moore, were of paramount importance throughout his career Nicholas Adams explores the contested line between Bunshaft s ambition for acclaim as a singular artistic genius and the collaborative structure of SOM s architectural partnership Bunshaft received the Pritzker Architecture Prize inand remains the only SOM partner to have achieved this distinction Adams counters Bunshaft s maxim that the building speaks for itself with necessary critical context about this modernist moment at a time when the future of Bunshaft s iconic works is very much in question

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