hand cream and so forth and so on.
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Green Dreams on Madison Square
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- <LI class=by>By Justin Davidson
- Published Nov 26, 2008
Six years after Daniel Libeskind alighted in the middle of the World Trade Center circus, bearing images of glass towers dripping with sky gardens, the architect has unveiled a proposal for his first New York building: a glass tower dripping with sky gardens. Libeskind’s One Madison Avenue would swoop up next to, and past, the 700-foot Met Life tower. One diagram in Libeskind’s new book, Counterpoint, suggests that the 54-story condo, hovering on columns over an existing building, could top out just shy of 937 feet (Rem Koolhaas’s proposed 23 East 22nd Street is a block away.) Initial designs show a glass-curtained tube with cutaways spiraling up and around the façade to reveal segments of terraced verdure, like cultivated patches on the side of a steep alpine slope. “We didn’t just fill up the tower,” the architect says. “We’ve taken space away [from the apartments] to create the gardens,” which are actually balconies tucked within the envelope. “It’s as if nature has come back into the city,” he says. The whole project has an air of fantasy about it, but the developer is betting that the current fiscal misery will end before the approvals process does. “The assumption is that by the time construction starts, we’re going to be looking at a different economy,” Lloyd Kaplan, an Elad spokesman, says.
my god -- that dropped my jaw -- the big boys are really playing a great game of dueling architecture on the SE corner of madison park!
the only downside i can see is that it woiuld hide the southern metlife clock tower face. hmm, maybe if they site it well it can be offset from the clock tower?
i ditto the curbed request -- can anyone post scans of the renderings of it from dannyboy's book?!?!
So when do we get to see the top and the bottom of this sucker? Or will it just be hanging in mid air?
and hey lookie that - 100 posts. See y'all at 200 in 2014.
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Amazing, yet again for the city, even through the credit crunch.
This looks truly remarkable but its almost too amazing to be true. I'm sure people will complain and moan about it like the MOMA Spire so that it won't be built. We in New York simply hate the thought of future landmarks. Although with 56 Leanard actually being built (still a shocker) I guess there is hope for this building still.
Whoa. Jungle habitat.
Libeskind finally gets his Manhattan rainforest canopy.
Architecture has almost evolved to the point of convergence between my three favorite modernist NYC works.
Presently I find that 56 Leonard is my contemporary favorite and meshes quite nicely with the overall theme. Should the diagrid/mesh-frame of the MOMA Spire come to fruition it will surely make the cut. And I think that the Metal Shutter Houses is my third... for now.
Raw concrete, Corten steel, glass, and greenery with an interior of danish modern teak... what dreams are made of.
The section we've seen is fantastic, however, if it weren't right next to the Clocktower, I'd like it a whole lot more.