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May 4th, 2003, 06:50 PM
AOL Time Warner Center


Bloomberg Tower


Times Square Tower


The Presidential


The Alex


The Regent


Biltmore Tower


Comments: The Alex is too bland. The Presidential is ok, but would have been better without the central brick... leave it glass like the upper 2 floors. Bloomberg is nice... glass changes color a bit on the tower portion. Don't like the mechanical level facade.

May 4th, 2003, 06:58 PM
Thanks ghoul for the commentary and regular updates.

Damn that Bloomberg Tower is sharp...beaut.

Just Rich
May 4th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Great update...

Looks like some expression of the cross-bracing on the exterior of Times Square Tower.

Wow that's a lot of glass on AOLTW!

Where is the Alex?

May 4th, 2003, 07:44 PM
205-209 East 45th Street

great photos

May 5th, 2003, 03:18 AM
What did they do to the Biltmore tower ?
I hope that white painting is temporary.

Just Rich
May 5th, 2003, 09:23 AM

Thanks for the info

May 5th, 2003, 01:11 PM
I like the Columbus Center's so-called crowns because so far they don't seem tacked-on ornaments but rather the organic endings of the towers, following the building's general dynamic. If they are to be colored differently in the front, I think it should be in a subtle manner.

May 5th, 2003, 05:11 PM
It seems that glass will be the leitmotive of the next office high-rises: a lot of glass in AOL, a lot of glass in TSquare Tower, glass in Alexander, glass in the next NYTimes bldg and so on...
But there is glass and glass. The AOL curtain-wall is nice like probably the Alexander one (Pelli has alweys been careful to the 'skin' of the scraper). The Piano's glass will be a masterpiece, believe me. He is doing the 24ORE headquarter in Milan with great use of glass (even the roof that seems float in the sky !) and the result is stunning ! NYC will have a gem.

May 11th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Bloomberg is nice... glass changes color a bit on the tower portion. Don't like the mechanical level facade.

This treatment is no longer unique to mechanical floors. The delicate detail reminds me of Japanese architecture, Japanese lamps etc., for which I have much respect for. Such refinement would work better in a skyline than reflective surfaces and better with the lightbox crown.