View Full Version : The Four Seasons Illuminated

February 17th, 2003, 10:34 PM
Several days ago I noticed something new in the skyline: a greatly enhanced lighting scheme of the spire of the Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street (between Park and Madison). *
There has been scaffolding near the top of the building for well over a year now, and I often wondered what is was for, especially since the building is so new.

Give it a look next time it's night and you have some distance to appreciate the lighting job. *With the lights on, the building's zenith looks a bit like a modernist take on the Woolworth Building. *

February 18th, 2003, 12:25 AM
I thought Pei was supposed to redesign the crown. It was said to be his last work before complete retirement.

February 18th, 2003, 09:26 AM
I hadn't heard anything about redesign, and having studied some old photographs of the building, I have to say I can't notice any changes. *If in fact there's been some modifications aside from revamped lighting, those changes are subtle indeed. *

February 18th, 2003, 11:16 AM
There was a thread here that discussed the renovation of the Four Seasons. I guess it got wiped out. I was under the impression that I.M. Pei was redoing the crown how it was originally intended to be - different look, even a little...higher? I was wondering how that was coming. Does it look finished JD?

February 18th, 2003, 12:32 PM
There's still plenty of scaffolding & netting near the building's zenith, but I don't notice any difference in the design. *Wouldn't it be outrageously expensive to make structural changes purely for aesthetic reasons? *(I know, I know...this is the Four Seasons, but still...there's a difference between lavish and outrageous.)

I'll await some before-and-after photos; maybe something subtle was pulled off.

In any case, the lighting is lovely.

February 18th, 2003, 12:46 PM
The construction on the top few [penthouse] floors has been lingering for atleast two years. I wouldn't pay $20,000 a night for the long-term aesthetic enhancement, as views are blocked by the mesh. On the other hand maybe this is Pei's latest incarnation of modernism, mesh and deconstruction. Now that I think of it I wouldnt pay 20,000 a night anyways.

February 18th, 2003, 02:58 PM
if anyone has a pic of the new lights atop the four season please post them. thanks

February 25th, 2003, 11:26 AM
I saw the new lighting from 2nd Ave. - it looks great! Sort of a greenish and white crown.

March 11th, 2003, 10:29 AM
Scaffolding atop the Four Seasons at sundown on March 9.



March 11th, 2003, 12:05 PM
Oh...damm...not able to see your images NYatKnight...

Am I the only one and if so clue me in on how to access them.

November 23rd, 2003, 02:09 PM
The scaffolding and mesh that enveloped the spire of the Four Seasons is gone. It's hard to see what's been changed; I *think* some larger windows have been installed.

I hope the lights get turned back on in the evenings.

June 17th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Old & New...


From thecityreview.com

Any thoughts? The original had a strict classical appeal, but the new gets my vote...more ornamental and sculptured. Plus, to quote a bygone Taco Bell slogan, 'change is good.'

June 17th, 2004, 03:00 PM
Although not as distracting as the proposal for Woolworth a few years back, the overall design is compromised.

June 17th, 2004, 03:00 PM
I've always thought this building would look better if it had a "twin".

June 17th, 2004, 03:27 PM
The former had a 'pert restraint', while the latter, (though adding amenities), is soulless and ununified; 'a vainglory masquerade of subtlety.'

February 7th, 2005, 10:40 PM
The Four Seasons Hotel (http://www.wirednewyork.com/hotels/four_seasons_hotel/) looks delightful on the night skyline. 7 February 2005.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/hotels/four_seasons_hotel/images/four_seasons_citigroup_bloomberg.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/hotels/four_seasons_hotel/)

February 8th, 2005, 08:18 PM
Neither is all that great. I really don't see much difference in the two. Now, as for decorative lighting, yes...I'd like to see a shot of it.

February 8th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Now how did I miss THAT? (OK, I'll blame it on the new format of the Forum.)