America has many famous buildings. One of the aspects that is so great about America is the mixture of the different cultures. This is also true in many other areas including art, exterior and interior design, music and literature. We have such a diverse spectrum of each aspect of our culture and the each of our famous buildings takes on their own personality derived from designers with different cultures, backgrounds, nationalities, and ideas.
The Chrysler building designed by William Van Alen is a perfect example of Art Deco. The exterior design is lavished with silver colored gargoyles. In fact, the focus of this building is the exterior design especially seen in the upper levels of the building where the interior is characterized by low ceilings and low functionality.
One example of international modernism architecture is the famous Seagram building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Since the building was made in New York building codes prevented the architect to use the exterior design he intended. International modernists preferred to show the structure of the building in the exterior design, but steel frames were required to be covered in a material such as concrete to protect them from fire damage. Instead of showing the steel frame, Ludwig constructed an illusion with bronze beams showing on the outside of the building.
Descontructivist Fran Gehry has a long list of famous buildings he has designed in America and abroad. One of the more recent buildings being the Walt Disney Concert hall whose exterior design contains the stainless steel that is popular in the deconstrivism movement. It also contains the unpredictability and chaotic nature of the movement. The design is much like the many of the designs belonging to Frank Gehry. The concert hall is one of the four concert halls of the Los Angeles Music Center and the most unique.