In another thread LondonLawyer, posted a link to the "Gene Kaufman Architect" website. A website I had not seen until now.
For those of you who are not fully aware of the stuff that's coming out of this guy's studio, you MUST page through his renderings.
I'm aware that many of his renderings have been posted here already, but it's quite an experience to see them ALL TOGETHER in one place.
I am nauseous. This must be what it's like flipping through John Wayne Gacy's clown paintings.
Folks, we got an architect-psyco on the loose.
Go to: http://www.gkapc.com
Note the 1977-ish Studio-54 graphics style of the logo!
The web site looks like it was designed by "the number 4 web designer in Kazakhstan".
Go to "project", Click on "commercial".
Here are some sample texts....I guess they were translated from Kazak :
"The tri-partite composition gives each flag its unique expression but joins them into a greater whole. The central window-wall extended stay building is flanked by two short-term stay buildings clad with a checkerboard brick motif that varies in color and height".
"The design provides separate visual identities to two differently flagged buildings that nonetheless form a pair with a major urban presence. Metaphorical development of the images of the king and queen chess pieces, with attendant implications of privacy, duality, and gender roles, informed the design concept"
"The stepping façade concept was readily adapted to the incremental growth."
"The special iron-spot "black" brick, a GKA signature material, frames figural areas of French gray glazed blocks arranged in a symmetrical, but informal, archetypal configuration."
Last edited by Fabrizio; May 4th, 2007 at 06:44 PM.
I actually went out the other day to check out most of this sites.
Proposed. Yet to start any construction....
Intercontinental Hotel (On Nassau Street): 55 floors
Radisson Financial (99 Washington Street): 40 floors
Sheraton Downtown (100 Greenwich Street): 39 floors
Holiday Inn Financial (50 Trinity Place): 35 floors
Times Square Hotels (337-343 West 39th Street): 35 floors/32 floors
Hilton Herald Square (59 West 39th Street): 18 floors
Sheraton Four Points (326 West 40th Street): 33 floors - 297 feet
Marriot Fairfield (330 West 40th Street): 33 floors - 297 feet
Holiday Inn Chelsea (125 West 26th Street): 24 floors
Holiday Garden (121 West 28th Street): 24 floors
Fairfield Inn (126 Water Street): 26 floors
Chelsea Hotel (128 West 29th Street): 25 floors
Holiday Inn Express (20 Maiden Lane): 20 floors
Strand Hotel (33 West 37th Street): 19 floors
Sheraton Four Points (66 Charlton Street): 19 floors
Wyndham Hotel (37 West 24th Street): 18 floors
Marriot Fairfield (116 West 28th Street): 17 floors
Are those all planned for New York?!!!!! Holy Hell!!!!!!!! I'll say it again Holy Hell!!! I thought that hack Condlyis (however you spell it) was bad, but this is a friggin joke. I just realized I hate everything in this world. I think I'm done with architecture if this stuff is built.
This man is going to single handily ruin a lot of manhattan.
Ok I'm being dramatic but come on!!!! Can't someone inspire me with something great and I don't mean weird I mean great.
I confess I'm not a huge fan of many of these buildings, but the two mentioned above look alright to me.
I think the reasoned objection would be to the downtown buildings. On the one hand, they are uncreative boxes. On the other hand, that might be necessary - most of downtown sites are very narrow and tourists want to be on a high floor because that is their impression of New York (especially lower Manhattan, where you're giving up the amenities of midtown).
On balance, I don't like Kaufman's work - I agree his aesthetics are too quirky for me, based on pattern rather than elegance.
I think "stupid" is the best word to describe Kaufman's work. Even when it seems he has the opportunity to make a decent, nondescript building, he inexplicably makes a stylistic decision like changing the brick color, or the pattern around the windows, or that ridiculous rainbow vertical striple. Don't architects know that certain things just don't work, and if you're not good at being creative, it's better to just be boring?
MACKLOWE IS THE WORST! As bad as Chang is, Macklowe is worse. He develops crap in the most prime locations in the city.
I am giving up on NY. When greedy bastards like Schmucklowe have license to raze stunning structures and replace them with crap, a city has clear problems.
I am sickened by this schmuck's annihilation of these beautiful buildings. Adding insult to injury, Schmucklowe plans to replace them with a 40 story glass box.
Last edited by londonlawyer; May 5th, 2007 at 12:35 AM.
This took me 10 minutes using Microsoft Paint to draw up.
Sam Chang, I can provide your company with the same architectural services that Gene Kaufman can.
I can do 50 buildings all in one day and I'll only charge you 5 cents each.
© Antinimby Architects Inc. 2007
LOL & LOL.
Wow, right down to the air-conditioners. I love the bad-ass acid green.
What these clowns, Kaufman and Chang are doing, is bringing boondock, roadside, strip-mall architecture to the center of Manhattan.
It's as if Jethro got his degree.
Sorry guys, but not in my backyard...
The thing that's ironic about architects and developers that pull this kind of crap is that, with their millions, they live in exclusive communities where you can't even change the color of your mailbox without community approval.
His designs look like they're made out of Legos. I feel sorry for Legos.
Antinimy: I hope you'll forgive me for pointing this out, but I just noticed one thing about your design proposal that might not pass approval. Look at the windows. You've added a horizontal bar at the center of each window creating 4-panes.
There are a few extravagant exceptions, but a genuine Gene Kaufman window-treatment usually features no such embellishment.
Last edited by Fabrizio; May 5th, 2007 at 05:15 AM.
So in other words, even in my attempt to be as bad as Kaufman, I still managed to do better than him?
Sad, really sad (for NY).