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BrooklynLove
January 26th, 2009, 08:40 PM
Money's a bit tight these days at ye old Bank of Uncle Sam.

tone99loc
February 5th, 2009, 08:53 PM
There was an ad from the Durst organization in AM NY (the freebie paper) on Wednesday that actually addressed the missing glass panes at the top. It said be patient because they can only put up 6 or 7 panes a day at the top and there are still 250 panes left to go, so it will take a couple more months before completion.

lofter1
February 5th, 2009, 10:58 PM
Guys were working up there last weekend in the 20 degree weather. Don't think I'll be complaining about my work anytime too soon ...

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JSsocal
February 6th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Is that progress I see:D

nykid17
February 7th, 2009, 09:07 PM
It is.
Their finally starting to clad the top....slowly
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3262088902_a96dc10ed4_b.jpg
And their almost done cleaning up the NYPL
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/3261261421_fe14bb1ce0_b.jpg
Looks goOd too..

lofter1
February 7th, 2009, 09:23 PM
Nice to see the wraps coming off NYPL.

Vengineer
February 9th, 2009, 10:22 AM
There was an ad from the Durst organization in AM NY (the freebie paper) on Wednesday that actually addressed the missing glass panes at the top. It said be patient because they can only put up 6 or 7 panes a day at the top and there are still 250 panes left to go, so it will take a couple more months before completion.

Ha, is that right? The truth of the matter is logistics for the CM screwed up big time. Curtain wall panels are usually hoisted down from a crane but east side parapet is too high for the roof mounted and the tower crane has been dismantled awhile ago. They still haven't figured out a way. This can potentially be one of the biggest blunders in NYC high rise construction history. Just wait and see. Oh and the white panels you see now is just a tarp.

NYatKNIGHT
February 9th, 2009, 10:49 AM
^VERY glad to have you and your insight back.

londonlawyer
February 9th, 2009, 11:47 AM
Ha, is that right?....

I second NYatKnight's welcome back to you!

antinimby
February 9th, 2009, 12:05 PM
They still haven't figured out a way.If all else fails, there's always installation by using a helicopter but that would be a major bureaucratic nightmare to get that to be approved by the DOB.

tone99loc
February 9th, 2009, 01:05 PM
Vengineer - Yeah - I tried finding a copy of that ad online, but no dice. The ad (obviously) did not provide an explanation why they can only put up 6 or 7 panes a day, but I think your analysis that there was a logistics screwup is spot on. No way should the top take 400 days to clad.

Vengineer
February 9th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Oh no, that wasn't an analysis. It's the laughingstock of the industry... or I guess to those in the know.

Alonzo-ny
February 9th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Vengineer! Welcome back!

NoyokA
February 9th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Interesting but is it a material blunder? I was under the impression that the floors left to be clad are mechanical, perhaps the tarp will do the job of protecting the mechanical's while the rest of the building is occupied and functions as planned.

antinimby
February 13th, 2009, 12:05 PM
But why are they taking soooo long to install the panels at the top? It's been over a year since they topped out and erected the spire.

In that same time period, an entire new building (11 TS) went from foundation to topped out.

NYatKNIGHT
February 13th, 2009, 02:43 PM
It's been so long it's almost as though the current condition has become the accepted finished product.

BrooklynLove
February 13th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Maybe you haven't heard but BofA doesn't have much cash on hand lately. If it wasn't for unc sam this building would be part of a bankruptcy estate.

NoyokA
February 13th, 2009, 07:54 PM
Bofa isnt building it, Durst is.

BrooklynLove
February 13th, 2009, 07:55 PM
and who is funding the construction?

Alonzo-ny
February 13th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Im sure the money for this was locked up a long time ago.

NoyokA
February 13th, 2009, 10:59 PM
I agree. Durst is highly leveraged. They built the Conde Nast Building speculatively.

BrooklynLove
February 14th, 2009, 09:05 AM
Im sure the money for this was locked up a long time ago.

You guys are funny.

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2009, 09:36 AM
The project was described as a joint venture by Durst and BOA.

BOA secured all of the construction financing, but Durst owns the building. BOA took at least 50% of the space on a 20 year (maybe longer) lease. I think Durst has taken 2 or 3 floors.

BOA's financial problems would not put the building in jeopardy; they don't own it.

It seems doubtful that there still would be unsecured construction loans. Even if that was the case, when you run out of money, construction doesn't slow down, it stops. Lugdus stated that panels are being installed.

BrooklynLove
February 14th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Zippy - secured financing does not equal funded financing. There are unfunded loans.

And yes, construction does stop once vendors start believing that they may not get paid any time soon for work being done.

If you need an example in a different context you should study the cause of Circuit City's demise.

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2009, 11:17 AM
BL:

Your original argument was reasonable, based on the assumption that BOA owned the building. However, since Durst owns the building, that argument falls apart. Yet you continue to try to justify it.

Vendors being reluctant to ship to a company in financial difficulty is not the same as a construction company continuing to work at a slower rate when there is no money to pay the contract. What advantage is the slowdown? They still have to pay workers.

Durst owns the building.
Lugdus said work is continuing.

Accept it and move on.

lofter1
February 14th, 2009, 11:56 AM
They are working like crazy, seemingly every day, on Henry Miller's Theater exterior at the west portion of the B of A along W 43rd. And the atrium at W 43 / Sixth has visible on-going construction.

BrooklynLove
February 14th, 2009, 12:26 PM
BL:

Your original argument was reasonable, based on the assumption that BOA owned the building. However, since Durst owns the building, that argument falls apart. Yet you continue to try to justify it.

Vendors being reluctant to ship to a company in financial difficulty is not the same as a construction company continuing to work at a slower rate when there is no money to pay the contract. What advantage is the slowdown? They still have to pay workers.

Durst owns the building.
Lugdus said work is continuing.

Accept it and move on.

Oy how much do i need to spell out for you. Banks lend, developers borrow, BofA is the lender. Work is continuing on portions that are funding and not on portions that are not.

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2009, 12:33 PM
Where has work stopped?

The question here is why has work on the crown slowed?

Or do you doubt Lugdus?

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2009, 12:35 PM
PS: Spell it out for me, but type slowly, so I can understand.

More condescending crap.

BrooklynLove
February 14th, 2009, 12:41 PM
Cry me a river.

"Accept it and move on"

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2009, 12:58 PM
Everyone wondered why the work on the crown had slowed to a crawl. We've gotten reasonable explanations from two insiders.

You, on the other hand, seem to know the loan structure at the project, but didn't know who owned the building.

What should I accept, that you don't know what you're talking about?

OK, goodbye.

BrooklynLove
February 14th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Where did I say anything about the owner?

If you want to fight what I say that's fine but your temper tantrums are tiring.

TREPYE
February 22nd, 2009, 10:29 PM
Courtesy of NYGuyon SSP

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109262513/original.jpg

A promising tower at one point, but now we have to wait for months just to get the full effect of how atrocious this glass facade is.

JSsocal
February 23rd, 2009, 01:12 AM
I like it. It's different in a good way

stache
February 25th, 2009, 01:31 PM
It's looking better, now that it's close to being complete.

nykid17
February 28th, 2009, 12:13 AM
SloWly...
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_0410.jpg?t=1235797932

ablarc
February 28th, 2009, 08:42 AM
Fat. ^

BrooklynLove
February 28th, 2009, 09:29 AM
Or maybe phat?

ablarc
February 28th, 2009, 09:50 AM
^ Yeah.

lofter1
February 28th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Around the corner on West 43rd the old Henry Miller's Theatre is nearing completion of the rebuild / renovation going on there. The facade has been scrubbed, details re-cast and a new metal & glass marquee is awaiting the installation of connectors which will "hang" it from the wall above. Tall glass enclosures have been constructed on both sides of the old theater and supports for signage have gone in up top. The block-through passageway which will connect 43rd to 42nd is nearly complete, glowing with orange tiles lining the entry.

It's all a nice counterpoint to the milky whiteness of the Tower.

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_01.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_02.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_03.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_04.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_06.jpg

Henry Miller's Theater

BrooklynLove
February 28th, 2009, 11:41 AM
This building is a welcome instance of the new improving upon the old. It's hard to believe that it's only been a few years since the cruddy stores that lined this corner went bye bye.

ablarc
February 28th, 2009, 11:54 AM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_03.jpg
From his grave, the dirty old man of the inscription no doubt savors the hilarious irony that the monument chosen to represent him is this polite and tepid pastiche of old architectural conventions. His books once banned as obscene, he can now take his place at the matinee with the ladies from Scarsdale.

Alonzo-ny
February 28th, 2009, 12:06 PM
That is an extremely horrible integration of the old facade. I dont think there is anyway to surround an facade like that with the mass with which the BOA tower has and make it look good. Horrid.

lofter1
February 28th, 2009, 12:37 PM
... the dirty old man of the inscription ... once banned as obscene ...


Entirely different guy that this place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Miller's_Theatre) (which opened in 1918) is named for.

This Henry Miller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Miller_(actor)) was an actor-manager of the old school who died in 1926. He came to NYC from London by way of Canada and made his first mark in 1906 performing the role of Stephen Ghent in The Great Divide (http://www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/william_vaughn_moody_002.html), considered by some to be the precursor to Modern American Drama. Miller revived the drama in 1917 recreating his star-making role at The Lyceum Theater to great acclaim (http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9E01E0D61230E13ABC4053DFB466838C609EDE).

Your grave-rolling Henry Miller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Miller) came onto the scene later. The NYC born writer made his first big splashes while writing in Paris in the 1930s. That period is chronicled in some of the diaries of Anais Nin, later turned into a book titled "Henry and June (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_and_June)" (and made into a 1990 film with Fred Ward and a very young Uma Thurman).

None of which should diminish the future enjoyment here of those ladies from Scarsdale.

lofter1
February 28th, 2009, 12:39 PM
... horrible integration of the old facade. I dont think there is anyway to surround an facade like that with the mass with which the BOA tower has and make it look good...

Wait for the lighting and the signage -- it will be a whole different thing.

Alonzo-ny
February 28th, 2009, 12:58 PM
Is there a render of how this will ultimately look?

ZippyTheChimp
February 28th, 2009, 02:01 PM
It'll look like the "saved" building on Pearl St with lights in the windows.

Engulfed by the behemoth...

http://uraniumcafe-the.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/the-blob-poster22.jpg

ablarc
February 28th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Entirely different guy that this place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Miller's_Theatre) (which opened in 1918) is named for.

Ha! That's funny! It opens up the further delicious irony that a majority of folks will suffer from the misconception I harbored. Not only does the dirty old man have a prissy memorial ... but the memorial isn't even his!

infoshare
February 28th, 2009, 03:22 PM
This building is a welcome instance of the new improving upon the old.

I welcome the change, agreed: but the (attempted) integration of the old H Miller Theatre with this new structure is the epitome of bad taste.

As has been proven by the architectural design work done on original base structure at the Hearst Building (http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID124.htm): the old/new architectural styles can compliment each other - but this particular melding of architectural styles (at the theatre building) is not in the least bit PHAT. ;)

BrooklynLove
February 28th, 2009, 08:18 PM
I wouldn't say that they're trying to integrate the theatre facade. Preserving maybe but not integrating. Zippy's Pearl Street reference is apt.

antinimby
February 28th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Well obviously they're preserving, duh, but I'm sure their goal is to also integrate it as best as possible into the the rest of the building.

Anyway, I've got a question for all the architects out there: what would you have done differently?

ablarc
February 28th, 2009, 09:52 PM
It's OK; it's like a big, friendly billboard. It makes this big, stiff building more interesting. It operates in the realm of advertising, not architecture. Think of it as this building's Times Square supersign.

kz1000ps
February 28th, 2009, 09:58 PM
what would you have done differently?

I'm no architect, but an obvious answer would be terra cotta.

The through-block passage is completely covered in it, and I think using it as a "border" surrounding the theatre's facade could have done a lot to soften the transition from old world brick to cold hard modernism. Plus, the architects wouldn't have to resort to any historicist BS... they can keep their precious modernist credentials while using a popular (to the point of trendy) material whose color tone is harmonious with red brick.

ZippyTheChimp
February 28th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Also, if the section of the new building than sits on top of the theater was set back somewhat, the old building would have retained some depth.

lofter1
February 28th, 2009, 11:15 PM
The new building is set back a bit from the theater. Couldn't set it back much farther as the only depth left of the original theater structure is seen above in the first & last photos: about 3-4 feet of brick which supports the facade. Everything behind that was torn down and an entirely new interior structure -- with a new and different configuration for the lobbies & auditorium -- has been built.

As can be seen, the facade of Henry Miller's actually stands forth from the new & modern building going up around it.

Below can be seen (1) the steel structure of the new building that was built right up to the facade in June 2008. Plus two other shots showing the supported facade of the Theatre while the new B of A was going up around it: (2) from late 2006 and (3) from early 2007 ...

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BrooklynLove
February 28th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Well obviously they're preserving, duh, but I'm sure their goal is to also integrate it as best as possible into the the rest of the building.

Anyway, I've got a question for all the architects out there: what would you have done differently?

I'm not an architect, but I think it would've gone a long way if they set the tower base on top of the facade back enough such that it wouldn't be so visible from the street, maybe shifting that bulk to the southern half of the tower base.

ZippyTheChimp
March 1st, 2009, 12:17 AM
Couldn't set it back much farther as the only depth left of the original theater structure is seen above in the first & last photos: about 3-4 feet of brick which supports the facade.That wouldn't matter. You're just looking to create the illusion that the theater is a separate building. You wouldn't see the new roof from the street.

stache
March 1st, 2009, 08:12 AM
precious modernist credentials

^LOL, Good one! ;)

195Broadway
March 1st, 2009, 11:02 PM
That is an extremely horrible integration of the old facade. I dont think there is anyway to surround an facade like that with the mass with which the BOA tower has and make it look good. Horrid.

Might it be more about respect for the past than trendy architecture?

Alonzo-ny
March 2nd, 2009, 04:26 AM
The way its built does not respect the past.

Alonzo-ny
March 2nd, 2009, 07:17 AM
No that makes no sense. Im glad it was landmarked. It just looks like the architects/ developers made as little effort as possible to integrate it.

stache
March 2nd, 2009, 07:55 AM
That happens quite a bit.

ZippyTheChimp
March 3rd, 2009, 08:32 AM
But it does look like a postage stamp. If the effort was great, then they wasted their time.

lugdus
March 3rd, 2009, 10:29 PM
But it does look like a postage stamp. If the effort was great, then they wasted their time.
such is life

Alonzo-ny
March 4th, 2009, 05:19 AM
Great argument.

lofter1
March 4th, 2009, 09:05 AM
I'm not getting a clear picture as to what alternative construction (which would preserve the Henry Miller Theatre while building new around it) might look like

:confused:

Any examples of better projects of this sort that can be posted / linked by the folks who don't like the HMT <> BofA marriage would be appreciated.

ZippyTheChimp
March 4th, 2009, 11:23 AM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/BAHM_06.jpg

Pull the section of BOA to the right of the theater forward to line up with the facade.

Set back the section directly over the theater.

I think this would better create the illusion that the theater is a separate building.

philvia
March 4th, 2009, 11:43 AM
yea the portion directly above the theatre should have been set back much further

TREPYE
March 4th, 2009, 04:18 PM
^^ Terrible, a bad contrast between the 2 facades --just lick and stick right on to that god-awful glass facade.

Another botch job by the architect.

Considering all the promise/excitement that the concept and renderings brought to us during the planning stages, the execution of this project has been a complete abomination byt the architect.

lofter1
March 6th, 2009, 11:25 AM
Also note that very large supports for signage have been attached at two set-back levels in the new construction above the theatre facade.

Between the illuminated signage above the theatre and the clear glass on either side this section of the building will have a completely distinct and separate appearance from the rest of the structure.

195Broadway
March 6th, 2009, 01:23 PM
Yeah, I want to see some fenders on this Duessenburg before passing judgement.

Sherpa
March 7th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Top Top Top

lofter1
March 7th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Great day to be up there -- One lucky fella!

Sherpa
March 7th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Great day to be up there -- One lucky fella!

He took it about three weeks ago. There's one looking down at the tents in Bryant Park.

antinimby
March 8th, 2009, 09:12 PM
They've started to take the construction elevator down...

3/8/2009

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/654/img0651n.jpg

BrooklynLove
March 8th, 2009, 10:18 PM
AN - that's a great shot - very artisitc.

antinimby
March 8th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Thanks.

Sherpa
March 15th, 2009, 12:14 AM
refreshing reflection!

Tectonic
March 15th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Is the top of this thing done yet?

Derek2k3
March 17th, 2009, 02:50 AM
CNN often shows a live view from the top of Time Warner Center looking south. BofA looks great standing next to Conde' Nast with the ESB in the background. Best view of the tower I've seen. The north elevation allows the tower to appear more vertical and monumental.

javi
March 17th, 2009, 12:02 PM
link¿?

JSsocal
March 17th, 2009, 06:15 PM
The image is usually on during "The situation room." with Wolf Blitzer, in the background. It looks like they have the cam on top of the time warner center.

MidtownGuy
March 17th, 2009, 08:21 PM
I remember some kind of rumors that the "light wedge" feature was axed. Don't know if this issue ever came up again, but I tried zooming in on the corner that was going to contain the "wedge of light". It's definitely looking like this feature is still alive because there do appear to be some kind of lighting alcoves or fixtures visible. Am I wrong?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3646/3363499929_6c8d6a0c68_o.jpg

Derek2k3
March 17th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Spireville

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1376/3353744262_8591b6e487_b.jpg
elvenenoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/elvenenoo2puntocero/)

DKNY617
March 18th, 2009, 12:02 AM
So I was in the city today and instead of taking pictures of buildings or anything under construction, I took pictures of hot drunk Irish men. Yeah I'm a bad boy.

I'll try to take pictures if I am in the city tomorrow again, but of buildings this time! :D:o

scumonkey
March 18th, 2009, 12:26 AM
So where are the shots of the Hot drunk Irish men?! ;)

DKNY617
March 18th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Now now, this is a skyscraper forum. No place to flaunt such deviant pictures. :D:p

stache
March 18th, 2009, 05:47 AM
They would make an excellent addition in the 'anything goes' area. :) I remember seeing a lot of hot drunk daddy types wandering around on the evening of Superbowl Sunday. :) :)

DKNY617
March 18th, 2009, 05:51 AM
They would make an excellent addition in the 'anything goes' area. :) I remember seeing a lot of hot drunk daddy types wandering around on the evening of Superbowl Sunday. :) :)


Stache you naughty, naughty man! So when am I invited to your next party? :D:p

DKNY617
March 18th, 2009, 05:51 AM
Oh and by the way, I can't wait till they start lighting up the BoFA's wedge of light thingy again like they did last Fall, the spandrels' of light. They should just make it so they change colors like LED's every few seconds. All colors of the rainbow! :D

MidtownGuy
March 18th, 2009, 11:14 AM
Last Fall they tested lights there already?! I had no idea.

nykid17
March 18th, 2009, 11:23 AM
Low quality shot from my phone in the Fall....
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3242/2923243202_7ef6ae7d0f.jpg?v=0

MidtownGuy
March 18th, 2009, 11:27 AM
Thank you so much. I imagined it brighter.

DKNY617
March 18th, 2009, 05:12 PM
The lights there are white, but I also seem to remember them being blue at one point or am I just dreaming? lol. :o

nykid17
March 21st, 2009, 08:31 PM
Their cladding it for Sure...
At least we've Got something to Look forward to
Maybe by Late april or early May they should Be done..
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_0749.jpg?t=1237681686
O yea, and
happy First full day of Spring!
from the Upper west Side..
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_0739.jpg?t=1237681860

Derek2k3
March 21st, 2009, 09:08 PM
Low quality shot from my phone in the Fall....


There are tough LEED guidelines regulating interior and exterior lighting. What the architects did here is actually pretty clever. The down facing lights contribute little light pollution.

stache
March 21st, 2009, 09:10 PM
I saw forsythia in bloom today. :)

DKNY617
March 21st, 2009, 11:07 PM
Aww isn't that sweet stache. :D

And yay the cladding is finally starting to go up on the crown!!!! Woot!

BrooklynLove
March 22nd, 2009, 08:15 AM
Woot Woot.

econ_tim
March 22nd, 2009, 01:41 PM
looks like nykid scooped me, but i have some pics too

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3608/3375614505_3e066b936a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3592/3375614879_86024bed04_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3375615657_3c007f5015_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/3376434456_c7d38f4cdd_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3661/3375614701_260b8474b5_b.jpg

nykid17
March 22nd, 2009, 03:07 PM
lol, Don't worry econ_tim,
my camera's Zoom capabilities are limited so your Crisp and detailed pictures are always appreciated... and Needed

CitiesfromSpace
March 23rd, 2009, 03:35 AM
Sooo close!!

Derek2k3
April 1st, 2009, 03:28 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3590/3404278234_d331183a2f_o.jpg


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3427/3404304790_63a24401b2_o.jpg

stache
April 1st, 2009, 03:58 PM
Looking up from Sixth is the best view imo. It shows the best parts of the building. :cool:

Tectonic
April 1st, 2009, 06:58 PM
I agree 100%.

Here's my shot of the top.

https://community.emporis.com/images/6/2009/04/692670.jpg

NYatKNIGHT
April 2nd, 2009, 11:05 AM
^It's currently got that hockey player look to it.

Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see the progress.

nykid17
April 5th, 2009, 07:42 PM
65 degrees today
With the right weather, this thing may be fully clad in a week
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_0990.jpg?t=1238974829
Bonus shot..
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_0997.jpg?t=1238974890

stache
April 5th, 2009, 07:50 PM
It looks a little Houston to me. Have other people said this as well?

infoshare
April 5th, 2009, 08:21 PM
An interesting vantage point arrived at completely by happenstance; here, the BOA stands in striking contrasts to some of the other neighboring buildings.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/3610/img2424r.jpg (http://img27.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2424r.jpg)

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/3020/img2425.jpg (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2425.jpg)

BrooklynLove
April 6th, 2009, 07:38 AM
It looks a little Houston to me. Have other people said this as well?

You're joking, right?

CitiesfromSpace
April 6th, 2009, 02:11 PM
So, looking through those Houston pictures, it looks like many of their skyscrapers are built in the "cheap Philip Johnson knockoff" style of the early '90s.

This tower is more of the "iconic deconstructivist expressionism that will define an age and further the historical collage of an organic metropolis" kind of style...

stache
April 6th, 2009, 08:59 PM
It's striking me as a little bit 'look at me'.

CitiesfromSpace
April 7th, 2009, 11:30 AM
That's definitely fair. Ouroussoff and a few others have suggested that we're emerging from this era of blatant starchitecture when buildings competed for the most innovative and novel designs, often looking at parcels as little more than patches of space in a sculpture garden.

Now, the same critics often say that we'll be seeing a resurgence of utilitarianism, classic materials and an awareness of context, trying to focus on creating lasting senses of place through shared architectural styles.

This building certainly does have some of that one-upsmanship, but it could very well be one of the only ones completed in that "crystal shard, portzamparc-esque" style. Most of the city's planned buildings in that spirit failed to materialize. Personally I think it is a cool part of the city's eclectic, sometimes cacophonous bricolage of buildings. Nothing like walking by the Woolworth in the morning and then seeing this glistening in the distance, IMHO :)

kz1000ps
April 7th, 2009, 09:15 PM
It's striking me as a little bit 'look at me'.

Considering its height and location, I'd say that's a good thing.

lofter1
April 8th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Almost done ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2100.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2104.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2103.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2097.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2098.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2099.jpg

The crown is looking real nice from the mid-block plaza of the hotel going up at Sixth & W 29th ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_2092.jpg

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ItstheBeat
April 9th, 2009, 04:53 AM
Well they sure took their time. Im happy with the way the crown came out . It definitely makes an impact on the skyline with most of the cladding now complete.

kz1000ps
April 9th, 2009, 11:05 AM
I too like how the crown's turned out. It strikes a good balance between being translucent enough to add some visual excitement up top while still being opaque enough to register on the skyline as a unified part of the building.

ssshadii (http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3415570903/) on April 3rd:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3627/3415570903_33e1c9fee2.jpg?v=0

pmarella (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmarella/3422996781/) on April 7th:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3351/3422996781_db897025ea_b.jpg

pmarella (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmarella/3420580686/) again, this time on March 31st:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3644/3420580686_2fcc22a5db_b.jpg

Tectonic
April 9th, 2009, 06:40 PM
I don't like the spire though. Seem a bit industrial, its not graceful.

Derek2k3
April 9th, 2009, 10:38 PM
It looks great while walking up sixth and from Bryant Park.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/3428163008_a0e1612d4d_o.jpg

Derek2k3
April 12th, 2009, 10:34 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3436071623_ab779eb73e_o.jpg

BrooklynRider
April 12th, 2009, 10:42 PM
I like that last photo. It's another perspective we really have not seen.

Daquan13
April 13th, 2009, 03:47 PM
I like the new facade on the Verizon Building now! :cool:

AMGLANYC
April 13th, 2009, 05:29 PM
any word on the wedge of light. with the crown almost finished...should be soon....

krulltime
April 15th, 2009, 11:29 PM
April 15, 2009:


http://www.pbase.com/image/111371733.jpg

JSsocal
April 16th, 2009, 01:23 AM
Here's some pics...
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/382.jpg?t=1239859203
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/383.jpg?t=1239859258
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/386.jpg?t=1239859285
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/388.jpg?t=1239859316
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/389-1.jpg?t=1239859386

MidtownGuy
April 16th, 2009, 08:17 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3320/3448213295_f36ec619eb_o.jpg

kz1000ps
April 16th, 2009, 11:09 PM
Mine's better than yours :p

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/930/img358.jpg

lofter1
April 16th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Dating?

antinimby
April 17th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Wow. Those two pics by MTG and KZ were as close to being taken from the same spot, same angle, etc. as you can get.

ZippyTheChimp
April 17th, 2009, 12:34 PM
Almost the same time of day.

lofter1
April 17th, 2009, 12:41 PM
The shades in the windows of the Verizon Tower of Green offer some differentiation.

Beyond that, it's pretty much Patty & Cathy.

kz1000ps
April 17th, 2009, 02:38 PM
Mine was taken on Easter Sunday at 1:48 PM.

How about yours MTG? Looks to be yesterday, but what time was it?

kz1000ps
April 17th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Oh, and speaking of similar vantage points, here's two of my shots, with the first one dating to May 24th of last year, and then the one from this weekend:

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/3852/img7876.jpg http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/8403/img0357umk.jpg

avngingandbright
April 17th, 2009, 02:58 PM
That viewpoint really needs some older architecture to offset the modernism, as nice as the BofA is. Maybe something on the cor- oh wait. Glassed over. :(

RandySavage
April 17th, 2009, 03:44 PM
^I agree 100%. I like 1 Bryant Park, but the most visually appealing photo of architecture on this thread was the one of the Salmon Building and 500 5th Ave a page up.

lofter1
April 19th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Some shots taken over the past week ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3502.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3499.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3512.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3650.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3653.jpg

Where The old Henry Miiler's Theatre meets the new B of A the transtion will be bridged by some signage ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3658.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3655.jpg

I like how this one looks from actoss West 43rd up the west facade; almost like too towers wrapping around one another ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3665.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3671.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3669.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3695.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3692.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3689.jpg

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kz1000ps
April 19th, 2009, 04:10 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/IMG_3665.jpg

^ Vaguely reminiscent of United Artists' proposal for the WTC:

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/4562/nycwtcua2.jpg

nyck
April 20th, 2009, 05:11 AM
I was just in Philadelphia, where I was able to appreciate Cesar Pele's Cira Centre from a number of angles. That's a building whose shape completely changes with your perspective, and whose glass and sharp edges more successfully evoke crystal shards than B of A.

Google Images (http://images.google.com/images?q=cira+centre) of Cira Centre
Wikipedia Page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cira_Centre)

lofter1
April 20th, 2009, 09:54 AM
But that one ^ appears to have been built on a vast expanse of space -- not something possible in Midtown.

Gret looking building, though.

stache
April 20th, 2009, 07:53 PM
A lot of it has to do with the glass color, imo.

BrooklynRider
April 20th, 2009, 08:07 PM
But that one ^ appears to have been built on a vast expanse of space -- not something possible in Midtown...

True it is not in the city center, but it is lovely from afar.

BrooklynRider
April 20th, 2009, 08:07 PM
[ Holy sh*t!!! Did I say "lovely from afar"? - someone kill me.]

ItstheBeat
April 21st, 2009, 05:38 PM
I agree with Stache. Cira Center looks much better than BofA because of the quality and color of the glass.
I've been saying this was a missed opportunity on part of the BofA tower for awhile now. The stripes in the tower take away from the shape.
And Lofter Cira Center was not built on a large expanse. But I would guess about half the area in which BofA was built on.
Cira Center is actually long and slender in shape.

avm10
April 21st, 2009, 09:38 PM
Anyone have any night pictures?

Its disappointing to read and see here that the illuminated corner at 42nd and 6th may not be.

Odd, because it was lit up when I was there in late August. Some brave soul needs to venture out at night and see whats what!

Derek2k3
April 22nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
It has been off since then. They probably were just testing it back then.

TREPYE
April 22nd, 2009, 07:28 PM
That's a building whose shape completely changes with your perspective, and whose glass and sharp edges more successfully evoke crystal shards than B of A.

Absolutely right the solid color and enhanced reflectivity not only accentuates the edges and the building's unique and fascinating shape but it also demonstrates how much more competent Pelli is as an architect than Cook+Fox.

nykid17
April 22nd, 2009, 07:43 PM
Kool video on the Tube..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIA_kh53zs
All of the shades of Green for Earth Day
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3623/3466283377_e86f79abd4_b.jpg
New angle from 41st Street, into the Clouds...
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/nYkind17/100_1044.jpg?t=1240443730

Derek2k3
April 22nd, 2009, 09:46 PM
Absolutely right the solid color and enhanced reflectivity not only accentuates the edges and the building's unique and fascinating shape but it also demonstrates how much more competent Pelli is as an architect than Cook+Fox.

That's a big jump. The competency of a firm should not be based on 1 of its building's skin.
Pelli has produced a lot of corporate junk too.

TREPYE
April 23rd, 2009, 12:12 AM
Comparing these 2 projects IMO Pelli did a much more competent job. I mean look at em; one glass is great and accentuates the tower the other is horrible and plays against the buildings qualities. But if you want to take it one step further I do beleve Pelli has overall a better portfolio than C+F and hence more competent. And looking at the end product of these 2 buildings, it shows.

BrooklynRider
April 23rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
Cira Center is not in a dense urban setting. It can be viewed unobstructed from half a mile away in any direction. I think its merits are sustained by the fact that it towers over its surroundings. If it were in a dense urban setting, like BoA, ot would be lost - another box.

The two really are not comparable.

TREPYE
April 23rd, 2009, 12:26 AM
Cira Center is not in a dense urban setting. It can be viewed unobstructed from half a mile away in any direction. I think its merits are sustained by the fact that it towers over its surroundings. If it were in a dense urban setting, like BoA, ot would be lost - another box.

The two really are not comparable.

I beg to differ...
BoA is taller and protrudes out of the skyline. It can be viewed pretty much unobstructed from the Brooklyn Bridge or Hudson River Park, coincidentally where most of its dramatic angles in its facade are present and minimized by the horozontal lines of the glass.

Circa center does not have to be tall due to its surrounding, youre right, but does have the same effect of slanting its shape. If its was in a dense spot you could still apprecitate the faccade attribute albeit, up close. Very comparable towers.

NYCboy1212
May 3rd, 2009, 10:24 PM
Here is some pics ive taken

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3582/3499449046_e14df96a3a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3499448498_4174a98964_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3499451902_5a755fd764_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3607/3499453748_67810b93b4_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3311/3498644619_746e78282d_b.jpg


Bonus
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3355/3498636233_9293014f60_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3661/3499447654_8b84f49e0a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3596/3498640637_2f0d73e17b_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3312/3498642959_50e8e9a80b_b.jpg

ramvid01
May 3rd, 2009, 10:51 PM
Some more pictures. Took these on Friday.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/610/009tvc.jpg
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/3761/010iig.jpg
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/5761/021sco.jpg
Bonus Shot of Water Tower because they are so cool.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/2646/011ijg.jpg

NYCboy1212
May 4th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Added some bonus pictures

lofter1
May 4th, 2009, 01:32 AM
White Way Gets a ‘Green’ Theater

NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/theater/04Green.html?ref=theater)
By PATRICK HEALY
May 4, 2009

>> Slideshow of great pics HERE (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/05/04/theater/20090504_MILLER_SLIDESHOW_index.html)

Henry Miller’s Theater, the first newly built Broadway house in more than 20 years — and the first so-called green theater on the Great White Way — has completed major construction and is set to open in September with Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

The 1,055-seat theater, on 43rd Street between Avenue of the Americas and Broadway, was built on the site of a theater planned by the actor Henry Miller, which opened in 1918. Over the decades, the original theater fell into disrepair and was used as a movie house and a disco before Roundabout produced the musical “Cabaret” there in 1998, followed by a run of “Urinetown.”

“The first time I came inside the old theater, it was a porno palace,” said Douglas Durst, president of the Durst Organization, which with Bank of America rebuilt the theater alongside the bank’s new 55-story tower at One Bryant Park.

The 50,000-square-foot theater, which includes a spacious women’s restroom with 22 stalls, three times the number required by code, is built behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian facade of the original 1918 theater. During the construction, braces held the facade in place, and vibration monitors were attached to ensure that the facade was not damaged.

“We probably stopped construction work a couple of times a day and switched to vibration hammers to protect the facade,” said David Horowitz, senior vice president of Tishman Construction Corporation, the construction manager for the theater and One Bryant Park.

Tearing down the facade and rebuilding it would probably have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, “but that wasn’t an option for historic preservation reasons,” added Rick Fox, partner of Cook + Fox Architects, which designed the new theater.

Besides the facade, the building has remnants of the original theater, including its fire exit doors and decorative plaster friezes featuring dancing muses.

The touches of the old are offset by the new; the theater will be the first in New York to meet the environmental standards of the United States Green Building Council, a construction-industry group, Mr. Durst said.

Recycled materials were used in the wall panels and baseboard; waterless urinals are used in the men’s washroom to reduce consumption of potable water; and local materials were used in the marble flooring and countertops, among other touches.

According to executives involved in the project, the last completely new Broadway theater built was the Marquis, which opened in 1986.

The Durst Organization said Roundabout had signed a 20-year lease for the theater; neither Durst nor Roundabout would disclose the financial details.

Roundabout officials are to announce on Monday that “Bye Bye Birdie” will be its inaugural production there, with previews starting Sept. 10 and opening night scheduled for Oct. 15. The production is to star John Stamos, Bill Irwin and Gina Gershon.

Roundabout is embarking on its theater venture at a challenging financial time. Like many other nonprofit theaters, Roundabout has experienced a decline in donations this season, about 20 percent. It laid off seven staff members in February, and its three senior executives took salary cuts this year.

Mr. Durst said in an interview that he had spoken first to the owners of New York’s major commercial theaters but could not make a deal with any of them.

A longtime Roundabout board member, Mr. Durst then called Todd Haimes, the theater’s artistic director, who was interested.

Through a spokesman, Mr. Haimes expressed confidence that Roundabout could financially manage its expansion. “Roundabout wouldn’t do it if we couldn’t do it,” he said.

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

stache
May 4th, 2009, 02:42 AM
“The first time I came inside the old theater, it was a porno palace,” said Douglas Durst,



LOL! :p

kz1000ps
May 4th, 2009, 11:47 AM
I'm not liking the sudden, blocky changes of opacity in the crown. It's quite out of step with the rest of the building's buttoned-up character. Kinda amateur.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3499451902_5a755fd764_b.jpg

stache
May 4th, 2009, 12:08 PM
I like it from certain angles, but it has an overall 'almost' quality about it.

MidtownGuy
May 4th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Too much boring dead space created along the endless base on 42nd street. Another mammoth block killer. Why do architects nowadays insist on creating such an unwelcoming streetscape? That gigantic empty lobby is ridiculous, just a waste of space.

antinimby
May 4th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Part of the midblock ground floor on 42 St is now a giant Bank of America bank branch. :mad:

I would have much preferred that they devoted some of that space for other retail stores.

By the way, it's not really the architect's fault here. I think the decision for this layout and use rest solely with Bank of America and perhaps Durst.

ablarc
May 6th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Kinda amateur.
Whole building's kinda amateur. Clumsy, formless, totally lacking in coherent point of view. This is one of the ugliest, stupidest buildings erected in Manhattan in recent years. Completely gauche.

lbjefferies
May 6th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Wow, way too harsh. I don't think it's very good--clumsy is a good word--but I certainly don't detest it. The glass is nice, and from some angles it is positively attractive. Particularly from the north.

stache
May 6th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I went across the GW bridge today. The angle of the roof lines up pretty much with the angle of the decline on the ESB. :cool:

NoyokA
May 6th, 2009, 10:22 PM
The 50,000-square-foot theater, which includes a spacious women’s restroom with 22 stalls, three times the number required by code, is built behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian facade of the original 1918 theater.


Nice touch. No doubt a woman was involved in the design of this one. Whenever I go to a play in the theater district we always have to go to a nearby hotel during intermission because the line to the ladies room is always extremely long.

BrooklynLove
May 8th, 2009, 06:49 AM
22 stalls. Taking a page from the bathrooms on BofA's trading desk floors.

lofter1
May 19th, 2009, 12:46 AM
They've started to take down the sidewalk shed across 42nd ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_2.jpg

Around the corner the signage above Henry Miller's Theatre seems to have answered the question,
"How will they connect the old with the new?" ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_3.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_7.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_8.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BP_090518_5.jpg

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scumonkey
May 19th, 2009, 01:57 AM
That orange crap is disgusting against the side of the theater :cool:

stache
May 19th, 2009, 02:40 AM
Yes, I don't understand this choice at all.

Alonzo-ny
May 19th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Oh my god, that orange crap is the most disgusting, repulsive idea anyone has ever had. They might as well have just crapped on it.

TREPYE
May 19th, 2009, 12:10 PM
These guys who desinged this building are like facade antiexperts. Or experts in producing horrible facade treatment that sap a buildings architectural qualities. :rolleyes:

Im about to start citing this buildign as the low standard in building erection excecution of what the rendering indicated. What a disappointment!

kz1000ps
May 19th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Aww c'mon guys.. Cook + Fox opened up a copy of Architectural Record, saw that jagged angles, terra cotta and fritted glass are "in," and acted accordingly. How can you blame them?? ;)

AMGLANYC
May 19th, 2009, 01:56 PM
have just learned that the dots on the lower edge of the windows is not decoration, its copper insulation that prevents all the heating and cooling coming from the vents from escaping out the window. Those dots also prevent them from getting any wireless signal in the building, produces the technology that transmit wireless signal within the building.

ablarc
May 19th, 2009, 01:58 PM
^ A plausible explanation.

AMGLANYC
May 19th, 2009, 04:48 PM
too bad it makes the building appear permanently dirty

Arch
May 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM
well, I'd bet it is dirty. I don't think they washed the glass yet.

lofter1
May 19th, 2009, 06:10 PM
They still have a few panes of plywood filler spread around the tower. And have yet to install the final panels way up top.

Too early to wash the windows.

BrooklynRider
May 25th, 2009, 11:15 PM
I'm about to start citing this building as the low standard in building erection execution of what the rendering indicated. What a disappointment!

Let's just call it a "semi-erection."

NoyokA
June 6th, 2009, 01:08 PM
I guess it was dirt afterall.

Tectonic
June 6th, 2009, 02:31 PM
WOW! That dirty?

ramvid01
June 6th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Wow, that is very dirty. So i guess the glass is bluer than we though (or at least in the picture).

DMAG
June 6th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Could there have been some kind of protective covering/film on those panels during installation? I find it hard to believe they were THAT filthy. (but who knows?)

infoshare
June 6th, 2009, 10:21 PM
Could there have been some kind of protective covering/film on those panels during installation?

Yea, seems more like they are peeling-off a protective film; as opposed to washing dirty windows.

But, (as you said) who knows! :rolleyes:

Cheers.

JSsocal
June 7th, 2009, 03:14 AM
^^^This photo I took in mid April shows just how dirty the glass got.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/389-1.jpg?t=1244358747

lofter1
June 7th, 2009, 09:57 AM
Seemingly unbeknownst to most pedestrians the mid-block passageway (still somewhat under construction) has been open for about 1 month, but was empty (save for one friendly security officer) when I passed through recently:

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_3.jpg

From 42nd / Sixth by night ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_7.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/1%20Bryant%20Park%20Bank%20America%20Tower/1BPNight_5.jpg

1 Bryant Park

Tectonic
June 7th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Nice pics, that passageway is a whole year late, (like most of the building I guess) according to one of the guys at Tishman.

Alonzo-ny
June 7th, 2009, 12:33 PM
Whats the deal with the wavy, raised up ground section?

lofter1
June 7th, 2009, 06:55 PM
I couldn't figure that out either. It's like a boardwalk. Drunk.

BrooklynRider
June 7th, 2009, 09:09 PM
The passageway is to be home to the "Broadway Walk of Fame" - or something similarly named. It will kind of be a Hollywood Boulevard to the live theater. I'm guessing it might have something to do with that - or might it just be a place to sit one's weary bones during a rain downpour?

stache
June 8th, 2009, 04:03 AM
No sitting allowed anywhere in NY without at least buying a coke. ;)

ablarc
June 9th, 2009, 06:54 AM
Whats the deal with the wavy, raised up ground section?


I couldn't figure that out either. It's like a boardwalk. Drunk.


The passageway is to be home to the "Broadway Walk of Fame" - or something similarly named. It will kind of be a Hollywood Boulevard to the live theater. I'm guessing it might have something to do with that - or might it just be a place to sit one's weary bones during a rain downpour?
Looks like another arbitrary and misshapen decision; that's sort of this building's theme, isn't it?

kz1000ps
June 9th, 2009, 11:19 AM
I see it as an effective foil to an excessively austere space. The one time this building lets its hair down a little.

Also, you can see there are several grade changes in the passage, so having that ledge stay at one constant height wouldn't have made any more sense than having it go the unpredictable, zany route like they chose. I imagine kids would like it.

Alonzo-ny
June 9th, 2009, 01:48 PM
I was thinking skater boys.

ablarc
June 9th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Also, you can see there are several grade changes in the passage, so having that ledge stay at one constant height wouldn't have made any more sense than having it go the unpredictable, zany route like they chose. I imagine kids would like it.
Perhaps those curvy undulations could have been geometrically determined, rather than the freehand lines we now have?

DMAG
June 9th, 2009, 04:36 PM
I am more intrigued by how the "wavy pathway" meets the main path below it. It makes it look temporary (though you can only tell so much from a photograph)

lofter1
June 9th, 2009, 05:07 PM
It will be handy for little kids climbing out of the Rent-A-Hummer on Matinee Days.

infoshare
June 14th, 2009, 01:03 PM
BTWay, this has been for me one of the most fun and informative threads I have had the pleasure of reading here at Wiredny.

Thanks to ssssssshad (http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3416365048/in/photostream/); and all the other commentors, photographers, philosophers, poets & pundits who have contributed to the posting of content on this thread.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3416365048/in/photostream/

lofter1
June 14th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Great shot by ssshadii of the B of A Tower and some Times Square area neighbors HERE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3415570903/sizes/l/in/set-72157616399623994/)

infoshare
June 14th, 2009, 02:05 PM
V Although not a shot of the BOA, I particularly like this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3416377848/in/photostream/) photo of a photographer. ;)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3416377848/in/photostream/

RandySavage
June 14th, 2009, 06:23 PM
Great shot by ssshadii of the B of A Tower and some Times Square area neighbors HERE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfalzone/3415570903/sizes/l/in/set-72157616399623994/)

That is a great shot! A futurist obelisk out of Blade Runner.

Prometheus
June 19th, 2009, 04:50 PM
The restaurant on the first floor, by the loading dock, is almost finished...resurrection of the Charlie Palmer's Auereole which was previously at 34 E 61st street. I stopped by and was told that they were opening on June 29th. Bring your checkbooks.

http://www.charliepalmer.com/News/?ArticleId=134

meesalikeu
June 19th, 2009, 05:17 PM
^ aureole redux? no kidding? good intel score on that one.

stache
June 19th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Is it a milk bar? :p

wkarraker
June 26th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Living in the vertically challenged mid-west it's hard not to be envious of this building and the commitment that the Durst Corporation has made to re-educate corporate America about going green. The pictures on the forum have been truly outstanding, the breathtaking vistas from the upper floors are awe-inspiring. As much as I love the shots of the towering spire and the faceted faces, I have a keen interest in what it looks like to the average Joe puttering along the street.

My reasons for this are rather selfish but hopefully honorable, I have chosen the Bank of America Tower as a summer thesis and graphic project, I am currently rendering the building in a 3D application and would love to see some recent pictures of the base of the building. With the tons of available pictures in this thread I have been unable to find the perfect shot of the building along 42nd St., particularly the middle of the side where there appear to be two large revolving doors (restaurant entry?). I am aware that there is a lot of scaffolding still around it but I would be very appreciative of anything posted.

If this is not the forum to post 3D renders I apologize in advance, but I would at least like to show contributors it is not in vain. To whet your whistle's (and prime your camera trigger fingers), I have a quick shot of the Henry Miller's Theatre and the tower itself that I was able to compose off of pictures found on the forum. Texturing is in the very early stages so it will improve. Comments gratefully accepted.

http://www.thundapurr.com/files/Henry_Millers_Theatre.jpg
http://www.thundapurr.com/files/Tower_Shot.jpg

BrooklynLove
June 30th, 2009, 07:04 AM
Good news: construction loan refi'd and new lender added to the consortium. Hopefully this should be enough to get this project across the finish line.

NoyokA
June 30th, 2009, 06:47 PM
I was never worried. Durst was never short of money and the building getting completed was never a question. If they refinanced they only did so to take advantage of better rates.

BrooklynRider
June 30th, 2009, 09:33 PM
If this is not the forum to post 3D renders I apologize in advance, but I would at least like to show contributors it is not in vain. To whet your whistle's (and prime your camera trigger fingers), I have a quick shot of the Henry Miller's Theatre and the tower itself that I was able to compose off of pictures found on the forum. Texturing is in the very early stages so it will improve. Comments gratefully accepted.

Looks great!

BrooklynLove
June 30th, 2009, 09:55 PM
I was never worried. Durst was never short of money and the building getting completed was never a question. If they refinanced they only did so to take advantage of better rates.

That's not right. The funding wasn't there - they needed to bring in an additional lender.

NoyokA
June 30th, 2009, 11:01 PM
source?

BrooklynLove
July 1st, 2009, 07:58 AM
One of the reports out there (Reuters maybe?) mentioned the extra lender. As to the need for more funding generally - pretty well known info.

NoyokA
July 1st, 2009, 11:21 AM
I work in the field and have met Helena Durst and other execs at Durst, haven't heard anything about them ever short on financing. Further theres alot of industry professionals on this forum and noone else has heard about.

Sherpa
July 1st, 2009, 03:27 PM
Was mentioned on CNBC this morning. I kid you not.

ZippyTheChimp
July 1st, 2009, 04:17 PM
The bulk of the loan package ($1.275 billion) will retire the construction loan of $950 million. So yes, it's a refinance at a more favorable rate.

A portion of the funds will go to investor obligations and to complete the tower.

http://www.globest.com/news/1440_1440/newyork/179487-1.html

NoyokA
July 1st, 2009, 05:19 PM
Thought so, thank you. Makes sense with rates on the rise.

BrooklynLove
July 1st, 2009, 08:37 PM
You have no idea what you're talking about. If I could give you details I would.

NoyokA
July 1st, 2009, 08:47 PM
You have no idea what you're talking about. If I could give you details I would.

You're contradicting yourself.


As to the need for more funding generally - pretty well known info.

BrooklynLove
July 1st, 2009, 09:25 PM
"details"

DMAG
July 3rd, 2009, 09:46 PM
The lights actually doesn't look very good, so far, (the norm with this building):

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/2796264178_5fe591d6d0_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3295/2796265256_bf64f044e1_b.jpg

Though I generally like the building I think it struggles to be artistic and corporate at the same time.

I quote the above from many many moons ago (well, August of last year). Is the shard going to be lit up nightly? And has the entire thing been lit yet?

lofter1
July 4th, 2009, 10:53 AM
Although they've finally installed the last panes of glass on the upper part of the SE-facing wedge there are still a lot of plywood "panes" in place across the facade. This one has lots of work to go before we see how it will look in the final form.

But the scaffolding is down at midblock, fully revealing the pedestrian passageway.

The signage has gone up for the first show in Henry Miller's Theater: The Roundabout Theater company's production of "Bye Bye Birdie (http://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/news/may09/birdie28may09.htm)."

And "Aureole (http://eater.com/tags/aureole)" restaurant has opened at the south end of the pedestrian passageway along W 42nd Street.

Prometheus
July 4th, 2009, 06:39 PM
I had dinner at Auerole last night...awesome. The Sweet Corn Soufflé desert is amazing.

DMAG
July 5th, 2009, 10:24 PM
Took an impromptu trip into the city today with Mrs. DMAG and DMAG Jr. Enjoyed the Street Fair closing basically all of Ave of Americas and some nice quiet time in Bryant Park (which was oddly uncrowded today).

Some nice daytime views of BOA.

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/boa1.jpg

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/boa2.jpg

The Crown is JJJUUUUSSSSTTTT about done.

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/crown1.jpg

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/crown2.jpg

I think this building is going to look A LOT better after a good cleaning. Look all the way to the left of this picture to get an idea of just how filthy these windows are (especially the 2nd window up).

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/boa-windows.jpg

A couple views straight up.

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/boa-up.jpg

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/boa-up2.jpg

DMAG Jr. insisting on being in a couple shots....

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/dmagjr1.jpg

http://lxforums.com/images/DMAG/boa/dmagjr2.jpg

stache
July 5th, 2009, 11:55 PM
What was in the sippy cup?

kz1000ps
July 6th, 2009, 12:53 AM
That uneven transparency line really bugs me. All those high finance big wigs, and their building looks like it can't afford a decent hair cut.

Very uncouth.

Tectonic
July 9th, 2009, 08:02 AM
Viewed from Long Island City

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3424/3704204544_3279162f5d_o.jpg

lofter1
July 9th, 2009, 11:33 AM
Nice ^

Helps to minimize the hulking presence of the Met Life pile.

kz1000ps
July 10th, 2009, 12:21 AM
July 9th:

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/3465/1060063.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6938/1060064.jpg

I spent some time in the through-block passage..

http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/650/1060068.jpg

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9568/1060071.jpg

And some of you may remember me saying this a month ago when Lofter snapped some pics of the passage and the wavy platform-bench thingy:


I imagine kids would like it.

Well, I was right! :D

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/1052/1060067v.jpg

Those two siblings spent a good five minutes running the length of the platform before some security guards told the parents the kids weren't allowed to do that :rolleyes:

Alonzo-ny
July 10th, 2009, 05:44 AM
The passageway looks like a car park entrance or a loading bay.

MidtownGuy
July 10th, 2009, 08:30 PM
You're right, it's completely awful. What a missed opportunity to create an interesting public space.

ASchwarz
July 10th, 2009, 09:04 PM
Wait until it's finished already.

Alonzo-ny
July 11th, 2009, 06:00 AM
From what I can tell in those pictures the passageway is finished.

stache
July 11th, 2009, 09:31 AM
We are about three seconds away from animatronic street walkers and simulated porno palaces where tourists can experience 'first hand' the rough and tumble atmosphere of old timey 42nd. st. :p

Derek2k3
July 14th, 2009, 07:53 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3533/3720939768_af58741515_b.jpg
dosenruta (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dosenruta/3720939768/sizes/l/)

Times Square Plaza has had almost no impact. Next towers up in this view will be the Ten Arquitectos' Clinton park, Extell Diamond Tower, whatever goes up at the Milken site, Torre Verre, and the PABT tower. So things are going to be quiet in this part of the skyline for a while.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3514/3720912846_f02a099cc8_b.jpg
Imagine Torre Verre towering 400 feet above the GE Building.

Derek2k3
July 14th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Compare this to Midtown East which has had relatively little built over the past few years and has little planned/stalled. The only skyline changing towers I can think of is are 303 East 51st Street (where the crane accident occurred) and Zeckendorf's 520' tower at 823 First Avenue (just to the right of Trump World Tower). We'll also see the top of 610 Lexington right next to Citigroup.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3526/3720917820_d1c79f1204_b.jpg
dosenruta (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dosenruta/3720917820/sizes/l/)

BrooklynRider
July 15th, 2009, 06:45 AM
I see they added a "MetLife" sign on the old Verizon building.

londonlawyer
July 15th, 2009, 01:58 PM
Compare this to Midtown East which has had relatively little built over the past few years and has little planned/stalled.

I agree that most development has shifted to the west side, but the new tower at 250 E 57th should make an impact on the skyline. Also, I was pleased to see on TheRealDeal.net that a group of slummy low-rise buildings on the west side of Lex in the 50's was sold as a development site.

I hope that the dumpy TGI Fridays and Bellmarc Realty across the street are redeveloped too.

Here's the info re: the site on Lex:

Midtown East packageAddressMidtown East packageTenantING ClarionRepresentativen/aLandlordBerkshire CapitalLandlord Representativen/aNotesING Clarion reportedly bought out Berkshire's stake in seven lots, located at 131, 133 and 135 East 56th Street, and 678, 680, 682 and 684 Lexington Avenue, for $13.5 million. ING Clarion was an equity partner in Berkshire's $52 million purchase of the properties last year.Category:CommercialPosted at:07/03/2009Price:$13.5M Size:Comments

meesalikeu
July 16th, 2009, 08:42 PM
from top of the rock last this past saturday:


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/meesalikeu2/number%20three/P1180395.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/meesalikeu2/number%20three/P1180384.jpg

Derek2k3
July 16th, 2009, 09:53 PM
Also, I was pleased to see on TheRealDeal.net that a group of slummy low-rise buildings on the west side of Lex in the 50's was sold as a development site.

I hope that the dumpy TGI Fridays and Bellmarc Realty across the street are redeveloped too.

How funny, I just walked by that an hour ago and was thinking to myself LL on WNY probably detests this sh*t. They're so oddly out of character to the rest of the area.

londonlawyer
July 17th, 2009, 02:15 AM
That is funny. As I noted, the TGI Fridays and Bellmarc across the street from this site must go ASAP too, and there's any dumpy -- but smaller -- site on the west side of Lex. a few blocks down.

MidtownGuy
July 22nd, 2009, 05:38 PM
...I was pleased to see on TheRealDeal.net that a group of slummy low-rise buildings on the west side of Lex in the 50's was sold as a development site....


Know which block? The low buildings along that stretch are the ones that have places to get food, some boutique shops and general things for living creatures.

If the shiny new replacement doesn't contain restaurants, delis, etc., then I'd rather keep the low buildings and have one less big box. Why does the streetwall need another monotonous blockbusting base that would contain a bank or even worse just a huge lobby?

Too often the replacement is even uglier than the little unassuming buildings it replaced. Ugly BIG instead of ugly small. Why the insistence to jam a big shape in every hole regardless of whether it fits?

Yes, I love skyscrapers and shiny new things... but if the tradeoff is a loss of needed amenities then I'd prefer to stick with a few blocks of harmless lowrises in every neighborhood.

What is the real point of crying for every non-glamorous but well used structure to be cleared? Just to say they're all replaced by neat glass boxes and then call it a day, even if it eliminates the independent businesses from the neighborhood and is a non-plus to the lives of people there? So it looks good on your computer screen, sitting in another city?
So photo threads on an internet page will show every block of the city neatly "filled in" like an opti-scan? I just don't get it.

This is a city, not a video game where the goal is simply to knock down everything in the crosshairs.
Ask for great new buildings to be built...fine. But just asking for whole blocks to be demolished because they're too low-rise or have unfortunate signage is foolish.

stache
July 22nd, 2009, 05:51 PM
So it looks good on your computer screen, sitting in another city?


And there you have it.

Bob
July 24th, 2009, 12:01 AM
This building is a snore-fest. Too big, too fat, too trendy. And ugly windows.

stache
July 24th, 2009, 03:00 AM
It's kind of growing on me.

kz1000ps
July 24th, 2009, 11:19 AM
I find it interesting how, in spite of all the modern technology and design flourishes, it manages to fit in with the sterile Sixth Ave canyon as well as anything else there. Surely Cook + Fox were trying to rise above that mediocre fray..

The one thing it does very, very well is anchor its corner of Bryant Park.

londonlawyer
July 24th, 2009, 11:24 AM
This building is beautiful.

For people who say it's fat, everyone in London is creaming over the Helter Skelter on Bishopsgate which is fatter, and, mark my words, it will not get built.

Any other city would be going ape-sh..t over this tower.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3533/3720939768_af58741515_b.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/meesalikeu2/number%20three/P1180384.jpg

Alonzo-ny
July 24th, 2009, 11:51 AM
I like this building from up or down 6th ave but it looks awkward from any other angle.

Prometheus
July 24th, 2009, 12:10 PM
This building confounds me. It should blow me away, but it doesn't. I think it maybe the aggregation of many smaller issues that diminish it's appeal to me overall.

For instance, it's only a little too short for the size of its base, but not horrible.

The clear glass is fine (indeed a nice change from the ubiquitous blue/green), because I think it provides scale. However, the light grey "spandrels" dull the end result,(a little).

It's a little stiff/angular...like something from Krypton, but I keep telling myself that this much better than a boring rectangle with a flat roof.

The odd choice of the orange trim in some areas puzzles me, too, though it's use has mercifully been to the back of the building.

None of these are horrible things, but for some reason the sum of them combined is greater than their individual values. In the meantime, I'm hoping that there will be a dramatic change on the street level once the scaffolding is removed.

Derek2k3
July 24th, 2009, 12:45 PM
I think it's only boring because we've been looking at it for the last 6 years. I think it's comparable to Citicorp Tower, which isn't that exciting either.
I think it's envrionmental achievements are more admirable than anything else.

The building also looks good from 42nd street, looking west - from Bryant Park it looks corpulently corporate.

kz1000ps
July 24th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Indeed, it does look good from down 42nd. This pic's from April:

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/3646/img0311z.jpg

And about the Citicorp: it may not be that exciting, but it has good proportions and a sleek, simple design.

londonlawyer
July 24th, 2009, 05:52 PM
Know which block? The low buildings along that stretch are the ones that have places to get food, some boutique shops and general things for living creatures....

Hi, amigo.

I missed this. They're the crappy buildings on the northwest corner of 56th and Lex. They house camera shops and junky stores, and they continue up to the building with the Harley Davidson shop. They're across the street from a Bellmarc Realty and TGI Fridays that I also despise.

BrooklynLove
July 24th, 2009, 08:52 PM
I dig it. Too bad it's stuck at 97% complete.

lugdus
July 28th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Bank of America’s Earnest Eco-Tower Rises From New York Slump


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By James S. Russell
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July 28 (Bloomberg) -- The cocked-hat silhouette of Bank of America (http://www.wirednewyork.com/apps/quote?ticker=BAC%3AUS) Corp.’s new Manhattan skyscraper pokes a few stories higher than its Times Square neighbors, a testament to the aspirations of the Charlotte, North Carolina, bank when the design was unveiled in 2004.
The building was touted as costing $1 billion in 2004, and the bank has declined to update the figure. After the 64 percent slump in the bank’s shares since September, this glinting bundle of shards, nearing completion across from Bryant Park, could be considered a monument to bonus-coddled, overindulgent, corporate excess -- if it weren’t so dumpy. Worse, it’s gracelessly, earnestly green.
The Durst Organization (http://www.durst.org/master.htm), a developer, had over decades painstakingly assembled one of the largest sites to be found in Midtown. It took a state urban-development agency’s threat of eminent domain -- the government’s right to seize private property -- to complete acquisition of the full 2 acres. The site included Henry Miller’s Theater, a small Broadway playhouse that hosted both “Our Town” and “Urinetown,” which Durst pledged to replace while retaining its 1918 facade.
The bank joined Durst as a co-owner because the site permitted a tall, thick tower, with lower floors accommodating highly desirable trading floors, one 80,000 square feet. Many of the bank’s floors (it occupies 1.6 million of the building’s 2.4 million square feet) are as large as those found in the destroyed World Trade Center.
Architecture firm Cook & Fox (http://www.cookplusfox.com/), following a fast-fading fashion for crystalline forms, assembled faceted shafts, which are intended to visually slim large floors and take advantage of diagonal city vistas and views of Bryant Park.
Ungainly Matron
The 54-story result is among the most ungainly forms on the skyline, like a matron who swathes herself in thick layers of fabric in a vain attempt to slim her burgeoning silhouette. The tower climaxes with a spire as impressive as an auto antenna.
Cook & Fox touts One Bryant Park as “the world’s most environmentally responsible high-rise office building.”
This is an overstatement. Around the world, eco-buildings have moved far beyond this design. Still, Durst has a reputation as a green-building leader because its U.S. competition is so timid. Dan Tishman (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Dan+Tishman&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), chairman and chief executive officer of Tishman Construction Corp., spelled out why on a recent walkthrough.
“America lags because we live in an energy-subsidized economy,” he said.
The key green advances are a co-generation plant that is especially useful in summer, when it reduces demand from the most polluting power plants. The building ventilates through the floor rather than the ceiling, decreasing power use while offering each occupant control over his own thermal comfort.
Filtered Air
The air is filtered of dust and harmful gasses to a much higher degree than in most existing buildings. The bank said it expects measurable increases in productivity and employee satisfaction from the improved air quality.
Because the windows are made of an especially clear glass, called low-iron, the deep floors are bathed in daylight, allowing sensors to dim electric bulbs. The light and views are a joy compared with the cave-like interiors of most towers.
Though bands of white ceramic dots fused onto the glass are designed to cut unwanted sun, a bank official said the company had regretted not investing in shades that would automatically lower when the sun beats in.
Assuming the rest of One Bryant Park’s green measures work better, such above-and-beyond commitment may pay off, since harvesting water from bathroom sinks and improving air quality may soon be mandated.
Nervous Moire
I wish Cook & Fox could package green more appealingly. On the exterior the alternating bands of clear and white glass create a nervous moire.
The clumsy gigantism of the tower overwhelms the neo- Georgian delicacy of the retained facade of Henry Miller’s Theater. Behind the entrance, Cook & Fox dropped the new 1,055- seat theater one level below the street to allow bank trading floors to run unimpeded overhead. Seating and other accommodations -- especially women’s bathrooms -- are generous, but murky colors deflate anticipation. Contemporary fussiness in details fights with archeological sanctimony. Bits of the old theater are mounted like museum exhibits.
Pity the resident Roundabout Theatre Company (http://www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com/) which must breathe life into this mausoleum with “Bye Bye Birdie,” opening in September.
At the planning stage, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Amanda%0ABurden&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) wisely insisted that Cook & Fox include some nice street- level amenities, like an “urban garden room” that will feature plantings sculpted in the style of “Edward Scissorhands,” generous sidewalks, and new subway entrances. Like the rest of the design, these bits seem added on rather than integrated into the whole.
Combining soaring form, welcome urbanity and green innovation is certainly challenging, but good intentions are ill-served by such feeble expression.
(James S. Russell (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=James+S.+Russell&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) is Bloomberg’s U.S. architecture critic. The opinions expressed are his own.)
To contact the writer of this column: James S. Russell in New York at jamesrussell@earthlink.net (jamesrussell@earthlink.net).