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Farewell to an architect who re-envisioned the modern hotel

John Portman Jr's buildings tower over all major cities; his signature concept was cavernous atriums

Mr Portman's atrium design has been replicated in hotels across the world, suggesting that perhaps he had found a solution to some gnawing and widespread problem.


JOHN Portman Jr, an architect whose hotel, shopping and office complexes tower over the major cities of the world, and whose cavernous atriums, replete with waterfalls, fountains, ivy and spiral staircases, redefined the look of the modern hotel, died in Atlanta on Dec 29 at...

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