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Rich Battista
December 28th, 2001, 11:01 PM
The blank in the topic was for the first word in the building's address which i believe is SOLO9WEST57TH. This building is in a picture on your wired NewYork. com site. It is under SKYSCRAPERS AND ARCHITECTURE, then go to BUILDINGS OVER 800 FEET. Then go down the list until you see a building called, CITY SPIRE, then go down the page and the building i am referring to is located in the second picture from the top, whpse writing below it reads, THE VIEW ON THE CITY SPIRE BUILDING FROM PIER 90. CARNEGIE HALL TOWER IS TO THE LEFT. THE BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION IS THE RANDOM HOUSE/ PARK IMPERIAL. The building that i am referring to is inbetween Carnegie Hall Tower and City Spire. It is the building that has what looks like white cement on its outsides with black glass in its center. Please give me some infornmation of this cool looking structure.
* *Here is the pictures link and image locations.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/images/random_house_piers.jpg
http://www.wirednewyork.com/images/random_house_piers_s.jpg
Thanks Rich


(Edited by Rich Battista at 10:08 pm on Dec. 28, 2001)

Edward
December 29th, 2001, 12:52 PM
It is the 50-story 221-m Solow building at 9 West 57th Street

Developer: Sheldon Solow
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with Gordon Bunshaft as chief designer
Erected: 1974

See also New York Skyscrapers (http://www.angelfire.com/home/iNetwork/NYC/nyc3b.html#70) website and*City Review (http://www.thecityreview.com/57w9.html)



Glorious large sculpture of a mythic bull by Pablo Picasso on 58th Street plaza of the Solow building (9 West 57th Street).

http://www.wirednewyork.com/skyscrapers/solow/solow_9w57th_picasso.jpg

Edward
February 3rd, 2002, 07:32 PM
The view on the Solow building (http://www.wirednewyork.com/solow_building.htm)*from 57th Street.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/skyscrapers/solow/solow_9w57_reflection_3feb02.jpg



The view on the Solow building (http://www.wirednewyork.com/solow_building.htm) from 53rd Street.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/skyscrapers/solow/solow_9w57_w53rd_3feb02.jpg

Fabb
February 5th, 2002, 11:05 AM
Interesting design. But I don't like the white frame.

Rich Battista
February 9th, 2002, 06:17 PM
really? I find the white frame with the dark plated glass to be a great contrast color. The thing i like about it is its slightly curved structure as well as the angled columns holding up and supporting the building at street level, as shown above. I also like the design pattern of the glass on the shorter two sides of the building, it gives a futuristic look, kind of like Citicorp

NoyokA
February 5th, 2004, 06:27 PM
http://ee.1asphost.com/guide499/Solow.html

lofter1
July 22nd, 2007, 10:11 PM
Nobody has said much about 9 W. 57 in a while ...

She looked fantastic with the sun bouncing off her south face last Friday afternoon ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/5th%20Avenue/9W57_01a2.jpg

Peteynyc1
July 23rd, 2007, 01:15 AM
I ate in that "Braserie 8 and a half" restaurant in her lower lobby not long ago. It was suprisingly good and worth trying if you haven't.

lofter1
July 23rd, 2007, 01:47 AM
Hope someone else picked up the tab ^^^ :cool:

Fabrizio
July 23rd, 2007, 09:02 AM
That's one of my favorite buildings... not so much because of the curved sides but because of those beautiful cross braces seen above. Notice how all that blank granite is so beautiful here. This building just shouts wealth and power... luxury... and look at what a great object it is next to Bergdorfs when seen from this angle.

Hamilton
July 23rd, 2007, 09:04 AM
IS there any connection between this building and the "Grace Building" on Bryant Park?

kliq6
July 23rd, 2007, 11:59 AM
Designed at the same time

lofter1
July 23rd, 2007, 12:12 PM
From EMPORIS:

W. R. GRACE BUILDING (http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=wcoronelgracebuilding-newyorkcity-ny-usa) (1971 - 1974): One of two large Midtown skyscrapers with a facade that slopes up from the base; the other is the Solow Building (http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=solowbuilding-newyorkcity-ny-usa). This is no coincidence, as Gordon Bunshaft used the first, rejected plans for that building in his design for the W.R. Grace Building.

SOLOW BUILDING (http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=solowbuilding-newyorkcity-ny-usa) (1974)

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Interestingly both evolved from an earlier (unbuilt) proposal (http://www.greatgridlock.net/NYC/nycadd2.html#financeplace) ...

Another skyscraper planned for the use of the New York Stock Exchange was the Finance Place, proposed in 1963. Designed by I.M. Pei & Associates, the building was to rise at downtown Broadway, on the a two-block site nowadays occupied by the U.S. Steel Building and the Liberty Plaza. The 45-storey building was to rise to the height of 200 meters, with sloping walls on the east and west facades. The sloping vertical support members were to support trusses at the top, from which the building's floors were suspended, thus leaving the huge 90 m wide Stock Exchange trading floor underneath the office floors entirely columnless. A bold concept which never got beyond the design stage.


From greatgridlock.net
A R C H I T E C T S (http://www.greatgridlock.net/NYC/nycarchi.html)
Solow Building (http://www.greatgridlock.net/NYC/nyc3b.html#70) (1974) (Gordon Bunshaft as chief designer)


W. R. Grace Building (http://www.greatgridlock.net/NYC/nyc3b.html#71) (1974) (Gordon Bunshaft as chief designer)

Fabrizio
July 23rd, 2007, 01:03 PM
I have a whole collection of Gordon Bunshaft DVD's.

lbjefferies
July 23rd, 2007, 09:40 PM
Nobody has said much about 9 W. 57 in a while ...

She looked fantastic with the sun bouncing off her south face last Friday afternoon ...


One of my favorite New York skyscrapers. I took a similar picture in June on a day when they sky was as blue as I've ever seen it.

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/8411/nycii126gc7.jpg

lofter1
July 23rd, 2007, 10:15 PM
She does look better from the side.

Not so crazy about how she looks from Central Park ---

LeCom
July 24th, 2007, 01:30 PM
An interesting solution by SOM, making an enormous office box look classy and fitting among the surrounding smaller, more delicate buildings.

Derek2k3
July 29th, 2007, 05:01 PM
http://www.som.com/resources/category/5/0/4/4/1/6/images/001_6078_resized294.jpg
SOM
More Images (http://www.som.com/content.cfm/9_west_57th_street)


9 West 57th Street Office Tower

New York, New York

The unique design of this 49-story black and white tower, completed in 1973 for the Solow Development Corporation, covers 70% of the site at street level and slopes back 40% above the 19th floor to fit neatly into New York's strict zoning envelope.

SOM Services Provided:
Architecture

Project Facts
Year Completed: 1974
Site Area: 1 acres
Project Area: 1,543,665 ft2
Building Height: 725 ft
Number of Stories: 49

Tectonic
May 21st, 2011, 07:21 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/5744465410_318961a95f_b.jpg

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londonlawyer
May 22nd, 2011, 02:14 PM
I love this tower. It's unique and magnificent.

It's amazing that its fraternal twin, the Grace Building, doesn't look nearly as good due to the sole factor of a different facde.

BStyles
May 22nd, 2011, 05:04 PM
They were doing some construction work on the Grace Building last time I passed by. I don't know if it was for he facade, but they had stripped the perimeter columns of their cladding for the moment.

londonlawyer
May 23rd, 2011, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the info.

lofter1
May 24th, 2011, 01:51 AM
The work at Grace is for the new STK restaurant (http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/06/construction_begins_on_massive_new_midtown_locatio n_of_stk.php) that's going in and will also spill out into the recently renovated Grace Plaza along 43rd Street.

Alonzo-ny
May 29th, 2011, 12:04 PM
Always loved both towers. Fantastic.

Merry
June 21st, 2011, 07:34 AM
The work at Grace is for the new STK restaurant (http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/06/construction_begins_on_massive_new_midtown_locatio n_of_stk.php) that's going in and will also spill out into the recently renovated Grace Plaza along 43rd Street.

Grace Plaza Finally Free of Shame and Ready for Steak

June 20, 2011, by Pete Davies

http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery/3120/5849336322_b01a268732_o.jpg (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/06/20/grace_plaza_finally_free_of_shame_and_ready_for_st eak.php)

http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery/3315/5848779201_7c7d8e2a29_o.jpg

http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery/2672/5848779349_554347f517_o.jpg

http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery/5067/5849337202_5291b1a412_o.jpg
The new home for STK, inside the Grace Building.

Grace Plaza, long an unfriendly expanse of treeless travertine tucked behind the Grace Building at Sixth Avenue and West 43rd Street, has just emerged with a make-over, complete with added seating and greenery, not to mention views of the fritted Bank of America Tower to the west. The re-do from Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects could get the 1970s Gordon Bunshaft design removed from the Projects for Public Spaces Hall of Shame, where it's noted as "a big, barren slab of a place ... so inhospitable to people that it came to be populated largely by drug dealers." Now that its "bum plaza" days are done, Grace Plaza will be home to a 140-seat outdoor cafe, part of the vast new outpost for ever-expanding STK steakhouse empire. There's nothing like sizzling meat and mixed drinks to erase those drug deals and construction calamities from memory.

ˇ Projects - Public Space - Grace Building (http://www.mdeas.com/) [Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects]
ˇ Hall of Shame - Grace Plaza Headline (http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=153) [Project for Public Spaces]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/06/20/grace_plaza_finally_free_of_shame_and_ready_for_st eak.php

satchakel
July 5th, 2011, 04:30 PM
I love this tower. It's unique and magnificent.

It's amazing that its fraternal twin, the Grace Building, doesn't look nearly as good due to the sole factor of a different facde.
couldn't say better. it's a magnificient piece of architecture


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