Pennzoil Place

Philip Johnson (Johnson/Burgee)

Pennzoil Place with RepublicBank Center (now NationsBank Center) to the right

This unique building, often thought to be one of Johnson's best, is actually two towers, shaped like trapezoids with tops angled at 45 degrees. In plan they are two rectangles, but with one corner cut off at a 45 degree angle. They are often compared with minimalist sculpture. See especially Tony Smith. These thirty-six story high skyscrapers have a bronze aluminum and glass curtain wall. The space between the two towers is ten feet.

Entrance with a glass-roofed atrium

A greenhouse type lobby connects the two buildings. The ten foot space between the two forms the passage between the two lobbies. See below.

The entrance and lobby

(The top of the Neils Esperson Building [1927] is visible in the photograph to the right.)

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