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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    Is this 52 East 4th Street? There's a rendering for it in The Times Real Estate section (Dec. 23, 2007 ed.).
    I just saw that ad ^

    The render looks interesting -- high tech & sharp. But no pics of it online in The Times.

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    I agree. I can't figure out it it's on -- or just off of -- the Bowery. Do you know?

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    The full address is 351 -353 Bowery -- the lot is runs about 45' along The Bowery in the middle of the block between E. 3rd / E. 4th.

    There's a narrow extension of the lot which runs to E. 4th and which, given the address, is apparently where the residential entrance / lobby will be. Most likely the Bowery frontage will be retail / commercial. It's an odd looking building right now -- just a skinny frame.

    If you go to THIS PAGE earlier in this thread there's a whole bunch of posts on this project.

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    there are a few pics here - and one of the whole tower in the NYT print ad (in the classified section)

    http://www.52e4.com

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    Got it!

    Although, this is the only rendering on that ^ website showing the exterior of the building.


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    More today on this Scarano project from CURBED ...

    REVEALED: Scarano Exposes Himself on the Bowery



    One regular question to the Curbed inbox this fall has come from folks wondering
    just what the heck that steel tower is rising north of the Bowery Hotel but south of
    the Cooper Square Hotel on the east side of The Bowery. At last, the reveal.

    The newly-singular architect Robert Scarano is showing off his latest erection
    all over a Flash-y new website. What it shows is a pencil-thin 15-story tower that we'd
    heard rumor of back in the summer of 2006, packing 14 units. It's rising at what the
    development folks are calling 52 East 4th Street. However, the name they give
    themselves is 351 Bowery Associates, and that's the address where most of this
    oddly plotted site is situated. The lot turns this-a-way and angles that-a-way, creating
    a property line that's more convoluted than an explanation from the Department of Buildings.
    Renderings from the website show lots of glass and gleaming white steel.
    But a little birdie down at the construction site warns there might be surprises
    in store.


    The building site for 52 East 4th all moshed up between the Bowery and East 3rd.

    Scarano knows this area well, having toiled for too long on the big brick building
    just to the south which now houses the hot and happening Bowery Hotel.
    But that was then. These days there's no more downtown dorms on Bob's agenda.
    Just full-floor luxury floating above that old Salvation Army building down below.


    The Lobby (left) and The Logo.


    Scarano's erection is just to the north of his old stomping grounds.


    The big ass bath (l) and a cozy kitchen (r).


    The frame of the tower rises in the downtown twilight.

    · NoHo Like No Other: 52 E. 4 [52 East 4th Street Official Site]
    · Tower of Bowery Update: Now with Added Pencil! [Curbed]
    · Tower of Bowery Admits It's Not a Dorm Anymore [Curbed]

    52 e 4

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    That little rendering in the Times showed exposed cross bracing along the side.

    I wonder if that made its way into the logo.



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    Another welcome addition to this area's growing stock of interesting new buildings. Kudos to Scarano and all involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYatKNIGHT View Post
    That little rendering in the Times showed exposed cross bracing along the side.

    I wonder if that made its way into the logo
    Seems so ...

    The Times ad shows that the cross-braced facade will face west / overlook the Bowery.

    Given the configuration of the building lot, it seems the expanse of windows with with frames will face north / overlook E. 4th.

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    Looking south...



    ...in daylight



    ...the narrow E. 4 St. entrance



    ...looking north

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    In the north view ^ they've conveniently left out the new Cooper Square Hotel just two blocks to the north -- which will block most of thje roof-top view they're showing in the rendering

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    Thumbs up Scarano - 52 East 4th Street

    Nice looking building; not typical for Scarano.

    I am surprised to see good design work being done by this architect, perhaps given the right opportunity (client,budget,time) most architects - even Kaufman perhaps - can do great buildings.


    Some other photos and graphics posted on curbed.com http://curbed.com/archives/2007/12/2...the_bowery.php
    Last edited by infoshare; January 5th, 2008 at 10:48 AM.

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    ^ To my eye, Scarano's always better than average. He's not a primitive like Kaufman.

    Can't you tell? This guy knows how to design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post

    Can't you tell? This guy knows how to design.
    Better than average? Well, I guess one could say his work is better than average - but keep in mind - one can only offer opinions on such matters: in my view his architectural designs are average. IMO

    But that being said, he certainly is not the "most reviled architect" on any level - in terms of aesthetic design or otherwise.

    p.s. That the 'earth is round' is a "Can't-You-Tell-Thing" (matter-of-fact-thing): art is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infoshare View Post
    one can only offer opinions on such matters: in my view his architectural designs are average.
    Not quite. An amateur might venture the opinion that Picasso didn't know how to draw, but anyone who actually draws for a living wouldn't say that.

    Not all aesthetic opinions are equal.

    And if beauty were strictly in the eye of the beholder, what point would there be to art?

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