The National Gallery wing by I.M. Pei "feels like an expensive Embassy Suites"?

    Tyler Green, always provocative, writes,
    As it turns out there's a reason that the East Building (of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., by I.M.Pei) has come to feel like an expensive Embassy Suites: No fewer than three scholars in (the new book) 'A Modernist Museum' trace the NGA's atrium less to central interior museo-courtyards (such as the one on the NGA's John Russell Pope-designed West Building) than to John Portman's Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta (1965-67).
    But isn't John Portman's work, including the Atlanta Hyatt Regency, in turn indebted to-- a museum? Namely, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim.


    In the forthcoming book, "The Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum," Wright scholar Neil Levine compares 20th century museums by Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
    Among the few close adherents to the Corbusian plan-type are I.M. Pei's Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, (1961-1969), and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (1968-78), despite the fact that the latter clearly owes as much to Wright as to Le Corbusier in the dynamic circulation pattern of its main atrium. (p. 89)
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