Mesa Lab a medieval castle?
The Mesa Lab was named “Best Research Center” in
an architectural contest by Go, an in-flight magazine published
for AirTran Airways. According to the magazine: “Nestled
into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, legendary
architect I.M. Pei’s impressive complex rises like
a medieval castle from its subtly landscaped surroundings.
The center is covered in a rough, red-brown concrete finish,
evoking both the stone mesas of the desert and the hand-hewn
cave dwellings of early indigenous peoples.”
In fact, the ancestral Puebloan people (also called the Anasazi)
of southwest Colorado whose architecture inspired Pei lived
not in caves but in multistory, apartment-style cliff homes
built into sandstone. Some of their remarkable dwellings
were accessible only by rope or rock climbing. And the Flatirons’ subtle
landscaping is purely au natural. But we’re still proud
of the honor.
In this issue...
Polar Year kicks off this month
BudBurst to debut
Stephenson Hawk joins SERE
interview with Katy Schmoll
Lab a medieval castle?
Just One Look
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