Docomomo US encourages members, colleagues, scholars, students and architecture buffs to submit new buildings and sites to the Explore Modern project. Compile basic pieces of information and submit it to us.
Pirelli Tire Building
The Armstrong Rubber Co./Pirelli Tire Building is a fantastic embodiment of the design ideals held by architect Marcel Breuer. The building is composed of a two-story research and development structure at grade, with four stories of administrative offices “hanging” above. Between these two building parts is a 2-story gap, giving the administrative tower portion the illusion of suspension. Enveloping the entire building are pre-cast concrete panels of varying scale and design, depending on the function they enclose. The panels provide protection from the sun, a Breuer preoccupation, and give the façade a tremendous physicality and depth. The end result is a continually changing impression of the building, depending on the day, season, and weather.