The Kips Bay Towers (KBT) in Midtown Manhattan were an architectural landmark long before a 55 kW solar power system was installed on the roof in December 2008, making it the largest residential solar array in Manhattan. The KBT is one of the few residential projects designed by the famous modernist architect, I.M. Pei.
Its construction was also unique.
When first built, it was the largest cast-in-place concrete building in the world. Given its prominent place in architectural history, the KBT is a perfect match for a technology that is also forward-looking.
Other early work by I.M. Pei include:
- 1951 – Roosevelt Field Mall, in Garden City, New York, USA
- 1954–1959 — Mile High Center, in Denver, Colorado, USA
- 1960– Erieview Plan Cleveland, Ohio
- 1961–1967 — National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado, USA
- 1961 — Kips Bay Plaza, in New York City, USA 
- 1961 — Government Center Master Plan, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 1962 — Place Ville-Marie, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- 1962 — Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawaii, USA, Official web page
- 1962 — Hale Manoa Dormitory, East West Center, University of Hawaii, USA
- 1963 — Luce Memorial Chapel, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
- 1963 — Society Hill Towers – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Unofficial website
- 1964 — Green Building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1964 — S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University — Syracuse, New York
- 1966–1968 — Sculpture Wing of the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa
Solar Power Takes Manhattan: The Movie
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