Remembering I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei (1917 – 2019)
Designed by the late internationally renowned architect I. M. Pei, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of Cleveland's most striking (and recognizable) pieces of architecture. The 150,000-square-foot building has a glass-enclosed, double pyramid adjacent to a 162-foot tower, both of which soar above the shores of Lake Erie. I. M. Pei designed many of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings around the world. His reach and artistic excellence is exemplified by his stunning pyramid at the home of Europe’s great art, The Louvre, and his equally stunning pyramid at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, home to America's great art, rock & roll. We celebrate his life and honor our connection as his legacy lives on in our beloved home.
Our Hall of Fame, a building as iconic as rock & roll itself, stands tall over Lake Erie and is recognized as one of I. M. Pei's most important buildings.
I. M. Pei on the Rock Hall
"These are the things I tried to imbue in the building's design—a sense of tremendous youthful energy, rebellion, flailing about. Part of the museum is a glass tent leaning on a column in the back. All the other forms—wings—burst out of the tent. Their thrusting out has to do with the rebellion. This, for me, is an expression of the musical form of rock and roll." - I. M. Pei