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1971 – Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Architect: Gio Ponti

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This is a fortress for art – resembling nothing less than the keep of a medieval castle. A 24-sided, 7-storey construction, the exterior of the building is clad in grey tiles designed specially for the building by Dow Corning.

Designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates, the 210,000-square-foot building allowed the museum to display its collections under one roof for the first time. More than a million reflective glass tiles on the building’s exterior complement the dramatic windows and pierced roofline of the building’s castle-like facade. “Art is a treasure, and these thin but jealous walls defend it,” said Ponti.

Known as the North Building since the completion of Libeskind’s gallery.