Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, John Portman architect

“Anyone can build a building and put rooms in it. But we should put human beings at the head of our thought processes. You want to hopefully spark their enthusiasm. Like riding in a glass elevator: Everyone talks on a glass elevator. You get on a closed-in elevator, everyone looks down at their shoes.

A glass elevator lets people’s spirits expand. Architecture should be a symphony.”

John Portman, Renaissance Center, Detroit

John Portman, architect, Goodbye in 2017, 1924-2017


 

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