Hugh Stubbins



Born in Alabama, Stubbins received his degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1931 and finished his studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Years later he returned to this institution as a professor, when Walter Gropius added him to his teaching team. In mid 1950, Stubbins became well-known for the construction of the Berlin Conference Hall, located in the eastern part of Tiergarten. Currently the House of World Culture, it is characterized by its enormous roof in the form of a shell. The height of this building is exceptional in comparison to the towers that he built during his career. In 1978 he finished the elegant Citycorp Center skyscraper in Manhattan, his most emblematic work, known for its diagonal finish. The 235-meter-high Treasury Building in Singapore and the Chase Tower in Indianapolis that measures 247 meters in height, are both examples of his clear predilection towards tall buildings. In 1993 his studio designed the 296- meter-Yokohama Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan and one of the most visited. All of these projects transmit Stubbins’ desire for his buildings to be recognized as icons.

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