Depending on where you’re standing, Pennzoil Place’s appearance may change so much that it may seem like an entirely different building. To truly understand Pennzoil’s geometry you’d have to have an aerial view. The famous architect Philip Johnson designed this building as an optical illusion. Pennzoil Place consists of two towers, mirror images of one another, in the form of trapezoids. These towers are cut at a 45-degree angle and spaced 10 feet apart with a pyramidal atrium connecting both at the base. Its exterior is clad in aluminum and dark bronze glass while the interior consists of concrete cores and a steel frame.
Pennzoil’s towers both stand 495’ in height with 36 floors at 711 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston, Texas. When completed in 1975, it cost roughly $50 million dollars. This building was designed by Johnson/Burgee Architects along with S.I. Morris Associates. This innovative skyscraper was critically acclaimed and won many awards for its design as well as contributing to Philip Johnson’s Pritzker Prize in 1979.
When I first looked at a few images of the Pennzoil Place, it was a little difficult to tell what was going on. After doing a little more research and obtaining an aerial view, I was finally able to start on transforming it into a miniature skyscraper. Our (InFocusTech) replica stands 5-3/8 inches in the 100 feet = 1 inch scale and 3-3/4 inches in the 150 feet = 1 inch scale. This souvenir building was a must in the ever-expanding collection of Philip Johnson architecture we’ve replicated.
- AT&T Building
- 1964 New York World’s Fair