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Reason, not whim

Projects I designed for Johnson/Burgee Architects

1970–1979

"I can't stand the truth. It gets so boring, you know..."

Philip Johnson

I designed practically all the projects that came to the office
during that decade

The projects I designed

Projects designed by Philip Johnson with John Manley

The only project Philip designed on his own

The projects I designed

The Crystal Cathedral Garden Grove CA

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client
Client: Rev. Schuller

 

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Photograph by Richard Payne

Pennzoil Place Houston TX

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client
Client: Hines

101 California Street San Francisco CA

Designed after few national firms  couldn't meet the client's objectives
Client: Hines

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Post Oak Central complex (buildings1,2,3) Houston TX

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client
Client: Hines

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Neiman Marcus Department Store San Francisco CA

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80 Field Point Road (Riviere Du Loup Newsprint) Greenwich CT

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Photograph by Richard Payne

Pan American Life Insurance Company Headquarters New Orleans LA

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client
Client: Hines

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Dallas Galleria Dallas TX

Client: Hines

Post Oak Central 2 (Mrs. Smith's property) Houston TX

Client: Hines

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Cullen Center Houston TX

Client: Hines

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International Arrivals Terminal Ben Gurion Airport Lod Israel

Client: Israel Government

 

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Caracas Hyatt Hotel Caracas Venezuela

Client: Hyatt Hotels

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Nicollet Mall mixed-use complex Minneapolis MN

 

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Block 84 Houston TX

Client: Hines

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Morningside House Domiciliary & Infirmary Bronx NY

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client

Photograph by Richard Payne

Airports research project

Part of the arrangement I had with Philip was that for one day a week I would conduct research as I pleased

Town Square Isfahan Iran

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General American Life Insurance Co. St Louis MA

Designed after Philip's design was rejected by the client

Philip Johnson & David Whitney's Red House

"Everybody should design their own home." Philip Johnson 1999 Esquire interview

The most unusual request I got from Philip was to design a house for him and his life partner, David Whitney.

In the mid-seventies, amid financial strains, Philip put his New Canaan Estate — including the Glass House — up for sale, and asked me to design a new house for them. Philip's contribution to the design: he wanted it painted red.

As the market rebounded and Philip's financial situation improved, the plan was canceled.

This was the second time Philip requested another architect to design his private residence for him. He previously commissioned Mies van der Rohe to design his New York apartment.

 

Recreated sketch

Town Square Beth Lehem Israel

Kuwait Banking Center Competition

I did the initial three-towers design, after which Philip took over since my Israeli
citizenship created a problem for Kuwait.

Recreated sketch

Amin Project Isfahan Iran

NBC Headquarters Dallas TX

Prototypical Domestic Flights Terminal Israel

Photographer to be identified

Monaco New Village Monaco

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Muhlenberg College Fine Arts Allentown PA

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Lehman Brothers Headquarters New York NY

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Century Center South Bend IN

I did the initial design after which Philip took over since I went to Israel for the Yom-Kippur war.

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Peoria Civic Center Peoria IL

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Bunker Hill Center Los Angeles CA

Tamanaco Office Building Caracas Venezuela

Facade for 1001 Fifth Avenue building New York NY

 

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Trump Hotel New York NY

The two projects I designed, but don't consider mine

AT&T and PPG

 AT&T and PPG were the only projects I designed for Johnson/Burgee Architects,

in which Johnson imposed a stylistic direction

(to follow Sir Edwin Lutyens’ style for the facades of AT&T, and
to copy the London’s House of Parliament for PPG).

The two projects marked for me the end of our professional relationship.

Although I designed these buildings, I don’t consider them mine.

 

AT&T Headquarters New York NY

PPG Headquarters Pittsburgh PA

Projects designed by Philip Johnson with John Manley

 

Interiors Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln Center New York NY

A complete overhaul of the auditorium interiors

Photograph by Richard Payne

Dade County Cultural Center Miami FL

After Rev. Schuller rejected Johnson's white stucco and red-tiled roof design for  the Crystal Cathedral — Johnson applied his vision to this cultural center.

(For more details see the Crystal Cathedral > Design backstory)

Photograph by Richard Payne

Facade Marshal Field Houston TX

Photograph by Richard Payne

Tata Theater National Center for the performing arts Bombay India

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Interiors Amalgamated Securities office New York NY

Interiors finishes and furnishing for a small office suite in 375 Park Avenue

Thanks-giving Square Dallas TX *

Photograph by Richard Payne

The only project Philip designed on his own

As far as I know, no one ever saw it.

 

Big Sur house Big Sur CA

A house Philip said he designed while on vacation in Big Sur.

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