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Guggenheim Pavilion
Mount Sinai Hospital
Southeast corner at Fifth Avenue & 102nd Street

I. M. Pei atrium buildings

1190 Fifth Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

The Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai Hospital at 1190 Fifth Avenue is an elegant, light-gray, 11-story building with two large, mid-block, triangular atriums.

It runs through to Madison Avenue and 102nd Street where its address is 1498 and its east and west facades have no setbacks.  The building is just to the north of the mammoth, bronze-colored, mid-block tower that is the centerpiece of the hospital's campus.

It was designed by I. M. Pei, who designed the pyramid entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris, and this large building has two dark-glass pyramids on its roof over its large atriums. 

The building was completed in 1992.

Guggemheim Pavilion

View from north on Madison Avenue

In his Septemer 24, 1992 review, Herbert Muschamp, architecture critic of The New York Times, provided the following commentary:

"At the Guggenheim Pavilion, Mount Sinai Medical Center's new $200 million hospital building on upper Fifth Avenue, I. M. Pei continues his quest for a clean, well-lighted place. This time, the search has turned up a couple of beauties: a pair of lofty atriums, luminous with natural light. Rising 6 and 11 stories, respectively, these radiant, three-sided rooms offer Mount Sinai's patients one of the world's oldest holistic therapies: architecture.

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