I.M. Pei

Following the death of I.M. Pei, I have been re-reading the short pamphlet written by Colin Amery about Oare Pavilion, one of his last works which was used as the background of the picture of him advertising the Mandarin Oriental hotels (He’s a Fan). It’s a relatively small, but still very remarkable work, commissioned to mark the millennium and following a visit by its owner to the Miho Museum, high up in the mountains near Kyoto. The pavilion sits beautifully in the midst of the surrounding fields and woods, at the end of a long avenue of lime trees below the Marlborough downs – an ultra-modern, spectral, technically complex version of an eighteenth-century pagoda:-

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