Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

BOK Center (2008)

Cesar Pelli, Architect

200 South Denver, Tulsa, OK

Aerial Photo and Map

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From  my archives, visited November 15, 2008

This bold, curving form clad in stainless steel panels and glass is an eyecatcher in downtown Tulsa.

Billed as “an iconic  marvel that blends Art Deco and  American Indian styles”, this 19,100 seat arena was designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli. He said the building would “pay tribute to downtown’s art deco history by taking an optimistic form; the Arkansas River by having a flowing feeling; and the city’s American Indian history by its use of circles.” I’ll let you be the judge of the inspiration, but the building does provide an iconic form that is memorable  – which was the desired by the design review committee.

I am taking the time to go through my archives and posting some of the buildings I have visited prior starting this blog. While some of the photographs are taken with early low-resolution digital cameras, hopefully they capture the general feeling of the buildings…prompting a visit of your own.

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