One of the most celebrated architects of his time, Eero Saarinen was also one of the most controversial. While many critics accused Saarinen of inventing a new style for every job, his diverse and sometimes unabashed theatrical designs attracted many. One of the more interesting buildings of the Shaping The Future show was the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Saarinen’s second IBM commission. The building describes a 1,090 foot arc along a ridge, it’s front glazed in reflective glass and it’s entrance marked by a cantilevered concrete canopy and Seymour Lipton’s abstract sculptures. If that preview doesn’t entice you enough to go to the show, there are also many comfy chairs that you can look at, so go see Eero Saarinen’s Shaping The Future!
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