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Architectural News and Highlights from 1978

Progressive Architecture awarded its top design award to Edward Mills for the "Pink House" in Friendship, Maryland, a four-story single-family residence composed of pink and peach-colored jutting and intersecting geometrical elements approached by a long ramp.

model of Edward Mills' Pink House

Progressive Architecture also gave an award to Peter D.Rose, with Peter Lanken and James V. Righter, for the Pavillion Soixante-Dix, a ski lodge in St. Sauveur, Quebec. The arched entrance and minaret-like chimney tops are reminiscent of Moorish architecture, while the dormers and hipped roof were designed to blend with the existing old buildings of the town.

Pavillion Soixante-Dix

The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, received one of the seven Royal Institute of British Architects awards for 1978. Designed by Foster Associates, the steel prismatic structure covers a total area of 6,100 square feet. The walls and roof of the single-story building are clad with silver-colored aluminum. It was designed to house the Sainsbury Collection of contemporary, primitive, and Oceanic art.

Sainsbury Centre

In May the American Institute of Architects awarded its Gold Medal for 1978 to Philip C. Johnson, whose important works include the Seagram Building in New York City, New York, (1958) and the IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, (1974). Johnson was also in the news when his design for the new American Telephone and Telegraph headquarters in New York City was announced. The 37-story granite building, a model of which Johnson is posing with below, will consist of a distinct base, shaft, and capital, and will be capped by a 30-foot broken pediment.

Philip C. Johnson

The new East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., opened in June. Designed by I. M. Pei, the building consists of two distinct but connected triangular structures with a vast, skylighted connecting atrium.

National Gallery of Art East Wing

In the Year 1978

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