Friday, March 28, 2008

One Shell Square

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One Shell Square at 701 Poydras is New Orleans tallest building. It represents the pinnicale of the oil boom building boom which redefined the CBD during the late 60s and 70s. It also stands as a perfect example of Corporate Modernism being designed by the leading American firm of this style, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. So much so that it is nearly a direct copy of the One Shell Plaza in Houston also designed by SOM. The building is also historcaly important because it is one of the first skyscrapers built employing a tube structure, a concept which led to the bundled tube system, which made possible America's tallest building the Sear Tower in Chicago also by SOM.

Entry by: Scott Burroughs

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