BOK Center- Cesar Pelli


The BOK Center in Tulsa has hosted numerous events since its completion in 2008.  The sports and entertainment venue can seat 18,000 people. The design of the BOK center pulls from the nature surrounding the building.  Inspiration for the bend and arc the building has comes from the Arkansas River and the Tulsa highways. There are even aspects in the building that stem from Tulsa’s Native American heritage.  Although there is a substantial portion of the building that is all glass, it is still equipped to handle Oklahoma weather- specifically tornadoes.  The windows are durable in winds up to 100 mph.  This event center designed by the Argentine-American architect definitely fits right into Oklahoma culture from its aesthetics to its endurance to high wind gusts that often occur in Oklahoma.


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