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    If they can integrate the drum-shaped mechanical floors that STR made a model of and posted elsewhere, it'd be better. Or, as others have said, maybe just skew the cubes so that it twists like the "Turning Torso."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    The WSJ article that the curbed entry linked to:


    New York Placing Tallest Order




    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj
    Wow...
    They are sure going a looong way up to show, well ...... nothing.

    Its ironic that they are setting a new low in building design by going up this high to show diddly-squat in imagination, and inspiratioin.

    Pathetic.

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    Well. It is Park Avenue. Problem is the building will be prominent on the skyline.

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    I wonder if Maclowe and the developers are actually proud of this design or even thought about it. It certainly is nothing to be proud of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesterp4 View Post
    I wonder if Maclowe and the developers are actually proud of this design or even thought about it. It certainly is nothing to be proud of.
    From the what this tower conveys, they have no self-esteem.

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    Or very poor taste and total disregard for NYC.

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    Vinoly is a stuffed-shirt dullard.

    Can we please have the Drake and inimitable townhouses back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoveringCheesecake View Post
    If they can integrate the drum-shaped mechanical floors that STR made a model of and posted elsewhere, it'd be better.
    They should've let STR design the darn thing.

    He wouldn't have cost as much and we would've gotten something exponentially more exciting.

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    On the positive side, at least it's width-height ratio offsets the overbearing bulk of the GM building and is more aligned with of the pre-war needle towers (Pierre & Sherry)... in that way I think it will improve the skyline vista from the Sheep Meadow.

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    Some of you seem to think that it is easy as pie to develop such a large and tall tower even for the big boys. I,m sure the developers will have plenty to be proud by getting this monster built, irregardless of the conservative design. You don't know what Financial constraints there were and perhaps this design is more tenant worthy and marketable to a certain type of person in that location than a more flashy design.

    The interiors will be stunning I bet and it will be a landmark building for the ultra wealthy that Im sure will have proven to be a massive challenge to develop and finance.

    I'm still disappointed as an urban enthusiast, but if I were developing this building I wouldnt be too upset or disgusted with this project. As an external observer or a purist I could be. NYC is however not a place for architectural purists anyway.
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    It reminds me of the chimney pipes next to Soviet nuclear power plants which (for some reason) would be encased in lattice work.

    This absurd design is ugly as sin and if the city fathers are foolish enough to permit its construction (a safe bet) it will become a monument to the conspicuous consumption of the conceited people who would reside within it, and as it blights the skyline for everyone else, be an indelible reminder that some people need to pay more taxes, because right now they have more money than sense.
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    So would it be okay if it was only for working class or low income people?

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    Duh! This building sucks unless I'm living in it, and then it's awesome.

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    This tower is absolutely pathetic.

    What a HUGE disappointment. These pri.cks should be banned from "developing" in NY.

    NY's next architectural limbo event will be when the inevitably crappy design for Poon's 42nd Street hotel is revealed. This is a sad city.
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