Yamasaki, Minoru

Yamasaki, Minoru

▪ American architect
born December 1, 1912, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
died February 6, 1986, Detroit, Michigan
 American architect whose buildings, notable for their appeal to the senses, departed from the austerity often associated with post-World War II modern architecture.

      Following his graduation from the University of Washington, Seattle, Yamasaki went in 1934 to New York City, where he held a number of design positions and in 1943–45 was an instructor in architectural design at Columbia University. In 1945 he moved to Detroit, becoming chief designer for the large architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls; one of his projects was a modern addition for the Neoclassic-style Federal Reserve Bank building there. He resigned in 1949 to become a partner with George Hellmuth and Joseph Leinweber. Yamasaki designed the Lambert–St. Louis Municipal Airport terminal in Missouri, which was notable for its impressive use of concrete vaults and which strongly influenced subsequent American air-terminal design. In 1955, the year in which Hellmuth left the partnership, Yamasaki was commissioned to design the U.S. consulate in Kōbe, Japan.

      The McGregor Memorial Conference Community Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, completed in 1958, is a widely admired example of how he used interior and exterior design to convey feelings of serenity and delight. Another outstanding structure, the Reynolds Metals Company Building, also in Detroit, made use of skylights, plants, and pools. His design of the U.S. science pavilion for the Seattle World's Fair of 1962 was impressive, but some critics found its use of tall Gothic arches lacking in architectural logic. Similar criticisms were aroused by his unconventional design for North Shore Congregation Israel (1964), a Jewish temple in Glencoe, Illinois. Yamasaki is perhaps best known for the World Trade Center, a complex of several buildings built on a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) site in New York City. The complex was notable for its 110-story twin towers (1970–72), which, until their destruction by terrorists in 2001, were among the world's tallest structures. His autobiography, A Life in Architecture, was published in 1979.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • YAMASAKI, Minoru — (1912 1986)    See SKYSCRAPER; WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK …   Historical Dictionary of Architecture

  • Minoru Yamasaki — Born December 1, 1912(1912 12 01) Seattle, Washington, United States Died February 7, 1986(1986 02 07) (aged 73) Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States Nationality …   Wikipedia

  • Minoru Yamasaki — Información personal Nacimiento 1 de diciembre de 1912 Seattle, Washington, Est …   Wikipedia Español

  • Yamasaki — Yamasaki,   Minoru, amerikanischer Architekt, * Seattle (Washington) 1. 12. 1912, ✝ Detroit (Michigan) 6. 2. 1986; gewann internationales Ansehen durch den Bau des Terminal Buildings des Flughafens in Saint Louis, Missouri (1951 56, mit G. F.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Minoru Yamasaki — (* 1. Dezember 1912 in Seattle, Washington, USA; † 6. Februar 1986 in Detroit, Michigan) war ein US amerikanischer Architekt. Zu seinen bekanntesten Projekten gehörte das World Trade Center in New York. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Minoru — is a male Japanese given name. Minoru is the name of King Edward VII s horse that won the 1909 Epsom Derby. Contents 1 Possible Writings 2 Real People 3 Fictional characters …   Wikipedia

  • Yamasaki (surname) — Yamasaki (山崎, 山嵜, 山咲, etc.; the first of these being the most common) can refer to several Japanese people and characters. The same characters are for many purposes pronounced Yamazaki.*Lindsey Yamasaki, basketball player *Mami Yamasaki, model… …   Wikipedia

  • Minoru — ist ein männlicher Vorname. Namensträger Genda Minoru (1904–1989), japanischer Militär und Politiker Hirai Minoru (1903–1998), japanischer Aikidoka Minoru Kawasaki, japanischer Regisseur Minoru Kawawada, japanischer Karateka Minoru Kitani,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Yamasaki — bezeichnet: eine ehemalige Stadt in der Präfektur Hyōgo: Yamasaki (Hyōgo) (eingemeindet nach Shisō (Hyōgo)) ein japanisches Lehen mit Sitz in dieser: Yamasaki (Han) Yamasaki ist der Name folgender Personen: Arturo Yamasaki (* 1929), peruanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Minoru Yamasaki — (1 de diciembre de 1912 6 de febrero de 1986) fue un arquitecto estadounidense. Nació en Seattle, en el estado de Washington, hijo de padres que habían inmigrado de Japón. A pesar de proceder de humildes condiciones y tener que costearse sus… …   Enciclopedia Universal

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.