Remarkable for their Innovative Design, This Magent Shows the Pyramids of Indianapolis
Those who think that America's Midwest is only home to farms and conservative buildings must revise their beliefs when they encounter the Pyramids of Indianpolis. As we can see in this beautiful acrylic fridge magnet image, the Pyramids are an experimental style of structure. They were constructed between 1967 and 1972 and were designed by the architect Kevin Roche and were one of the reasons he was awarded architecture's highest award, the Pritzker Prize, in 1982. The basic design of the three structures are two walls of concrete from which two walls of class extend outwards, forming a pyramidal shape. The buildings are set on a 45 acre (180,000 square meter) parkland and face towards a 25 acre (100,000 square meter) pool. The grounds make use of the broad, flat landscape and the reflectivity of the glass, the water and the surrounding curtain walls around the facility to create a scene that plays with reflections and light.
Indianapolis' Pyramids are an Example of Modernist Architecture
Modernist architecture, such as the designs we can see in Roche's Pyramids, is based largely off of the writings of Le Corbusier, a French architect and urban planner who laid out "park cities" featuring immense glass buildings set on grass parklands utilizing efficient, modern automobile highways. The style took off internationally and became the inspiration for remarkable places like not only the Pyramids but also the Brasilian capital of Brasilia. The plan was to erase the divisions between inside and outside space and harmonize glass buildings with their surrounding landscapes. This style of work has, however, been highly criticized for creating cold, corporate cities that favor cars over humans and has lost much of its attraction for contemporary architects and planners.