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Thread: The Museum for African Art - Fifth Avenue @ 110th Street - by Robert A. M. Stern

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    If that ^ last shot is looking east across Fifth Avenue, then what happened to the low rise wing that extended north from the tower (where the previously discussed blank wall was seen)?

    Are they building part of the museum separately?

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    Yup that's looking across 5th from the southern side of the circle.

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    The base now appears blockier because some of that section has not yet been constructed. Note that the corner covered in black is missing some mass and is shown on the rendering as a bump-out from the main portion of the building. Seems they might be focusing on the residential portion, and the museum will come later. Perhaps that is due to the framework needed to support the skewed windows ...



    The newest more detailed rendering also more fully reveals that the north wing is largely an elevated courtyard, enclosed by screened niches.


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    Looks like they shaved off a few floors also. No?


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    Don't think so ...

    In fact it might be taller by one floor: For the portion facing onto Fifth the rendering shows 6 floors of square-ish residential windows on the base with 9 floors of windows on the setback tower above that (and 12 of the narrow rectangular windows around the corner running up the north face of that). All that is topped by a setback "crown" for the mechanicals.

    I'm counting 6 floors on the base with 10 floors above Fifth. And 13 openings for rectangular windows on the north face.

    No mechanical enclosure has been built yet, or so it appears.

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    Drive by update today...















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    http://www.1280fifth.com/
    Last edited by Tectonic; January 26th, 2010 at 09:02 PM.

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    Kitschy, cheesy, and last but not least ugly.

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    And so African inspired too! I guess my big hope is that the Gem Tower over on 47th turns out with a more interesting diamond effect on the skin (certainly it will be metal, so that will make a difference).

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    just horrible.

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    The folks inside will have nice views. But, still ...

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    Stern designed an equally as appalling recent addition to the Back Bay skyline of Boston called the Clarendon. Similar design, clad in brick and limestone instead.

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    Probably not Stern's fault. Most likely because they had a budget.

    We've seen how good he can be.

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    The north corners of Central Park are pretty terrible. Maybe in decades when property values increase in the area, they'll get a more suitable update for their addresses.

    The Clarendon really isn't bad. It looks like something straight out of Rotterdam, but toned down for Boston.

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    Probably not Stern's fault. Most likely because they had a budget.
    Knowing the history of that museum...
    a very VERY TIGHT budget

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    1280 Fifth's Facade Pattern is Here, Sales Office Coming This Spring

    February 1, 2010, by Sara












    [Photos via Curbed Photo Pool/Teccttonic]

    The Museum of African Art may be patient, but we're not. So we were pretty excited to come across a set of photos of 1280 Fifth Avenue in the Curbed flickr pool. The forgotten Robert A.M. Stern project at 110th Street consists of 115 luxury condos above the museum -- which has spent about 25 years waiting for a permanent home -- and construction was supposed be done last year. That's, um, not quite the case. But according to the 1280 Fifth answering machine, the on-site sales office will open in "spring 2010." And in the meantime, we're kind of digging Bobby A.M.'s design for that facade.

    Official Website: 1280 Fifth Avenue [1280fifth.com]
    Museum of African Art Claims Its Corner [Curbed]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2010/02/0...his_spring.php

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