With help from experts at Docomomo, Curbed explores iconic examples of modern architecture throughout New York City. Lever House, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, and the Pepsi-Cola Corporation World Headquarters are highlighted, as are SOM designers Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois.
Metropolis Magazine recently spoke with “Built by Women” Director Carol Shapiro about the initiative’s new exhibition, which spotlights notable structures designed and built by women in New York City. Shapiro cites the Pepsi-Cola Corporation World Headquarters, designed by SOM’s Natalie de Blois, as one of the notable historic structures featured at the show.
Four SOM projects will be featured at the Built by Women NYC exhibition at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan. The show, which opens on March 2, 2015, will spotlight 98 sites designed, engineered, or constructed by women throughout the city.
Four SOM projects have been selected as winners of the Built By Women New York City competition. Organized by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the program recognizes 100 New York City structures built or constructed by women. Exhibits, tours, and discussions will be held throughout 2015 to celebrate the historic and contemporary buildings.
Natalie de Blois worked on some of the most iconic modern architecture in America in the mid-20th century. As part of the New York and Chicago offices of SOM, she had a large hand in defining a new typology: the corporate high-rise.
Almost invisibly in her own day, Natalie de Blois, of SOM, helped guide the design of three of the most important corporate landmarks of the 1950s and ‘60s — the headquarters of Lever Brothers, Pepsi-Cola and Union Carbide — whose suave steel-and-glass facades still exude the cool confidence of postwar Park Avenue.