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Thread: New York Tower - 55th Street & 8th Avenue -75 Storeys 1,000ft. by Coop Himmelbau

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    Thumbs up New York Tower - 55th Street & 8th Avenue -75 Storeys 1,000ft. by Coop Himmelbau

    Derek gave us the heads up...


    Rumor of a new twisting hotel tower going up on 55th Street & 8th Avenue by Austrian firm coop himmelblau.
    It sounds like this site.
    A piece of an interview posted on SkyscraperCity...

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelII
    F.Z.: What is the project are you working on at the moment?

    W.D.P: At the moment we are working on a highrise in New York.

    F.Z.: Would you like to explain this project?

    W.D.P: It is located right next to the Norman Foster building on the Eighth Avenue and Fifty-fifth Street and it will have a twisted shape, it's a hotel and apartments, with a a very distinctive appearance. I would like to make a statement: architecture now is an occupied territory, occupied by the building industry, by the business clients, by money. An architect today has to decide whether he will go into the resistance or will be a player, will be on the side of the money. I think that good architecture can only exist when the architect decides to go in the resistance.

    It's also mentioned on Wikipedia...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coop_Himmelbau
    Hotel - 55th Street & 8th Avenue, New York City (proposed)


    Coop Himmelbau gives Nouvel some competiton...












    What a way to start the new year!

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    oh baby!

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    Vive la résistance!

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    Wow I am so amaze by this greatness of news! I just came back from my trip and then this is going to happen in my wonderful city.

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    Is this that site where it is already clear and where the Hearst Corp had their headquarters?

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    hmmm....their website says "2006" for the date on this puppy, and gives no status update (such as "In Planning" or "Under Construction" or "Competition") like it does for the firm's other current projects.

    Don't know exactly what to read into the architect's statement on architect-developer relations, either.
    I hope this is still viable, but i'm not convinced this one is gonna happen.

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    Me thinks it's a pipe dream ... unless Zuckerman is going to build it.

    This image (looking north) clearly shows this new building rising on the EAST side of Eighth Avenue (the TW Center is on the other side of the Avenue), and thereby not THIS site -- but more likely a scheme for the lot at the site linked below (note that the 46,422 sf = ~ 200' x 250', which is roughly the size of this \/ lot) :

    250 W. 55th St. at Eighth Ave - 1M sf Office Tower ...


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    Me thinks it's a pipe dream
    You just gave me blue balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Me thinks it's a pipe dream ... unless Zuckerman is going to build it....
    I agree that it's a pipe dream. Also, that cheap SOB Zuckerman wouldn't spend the money needed to build this masterpiece.

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    Pfft...he'd rather drown in that money than spend it building something as nice as this.

    Anyway, it's hard to get excited or happy for anything today after hearing about the recladding news over at the Newsweek building. Totally depressed me today.

    Moinian is slimeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
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    Anyway, it's hard to get excited or happy for anything today after hearing about the recladding news over at the Newsweek building. Totally depressed me today....
    I had the very same thought.

    P.S.: I agree re: Monian.

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    Sigh, i got excited for a second.

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    This is becoming a city of dreamers. Big difference between dreamers and visionaries. Visionaries have a plan of action and let little get in their way. Dreamers meander and never get anything done.

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    One word, Chicago.

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    I have spent a lot of time in Chicago, and it lacks the sea of great old buildings that make NY -- not to mention, the people are extremely unsophisticated and annoying.

    P.S.: It would be nice if Barnett used this design for the site across from Carnegie Hall.

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