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    She does look better from the side.

    Not so crazy about how she looks from Central Park ---

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    An interesting solution by SOM, making an enormous office box look classy and fitting among the surrounding smaller, more delicate buildings.

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    9 West 57th Street Office Tower

    New York, New York

    The unique design of this 49-story black and white tower, completed in 1973 for the Solow Development Corporation, covers 70% of the site at street level and slopes back 40% above the 19th floor to fit neatly into New York's strict zoning envelope.

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    Year Completed: 1974
    Site Area: 1 acres
    Project Area: 1,543,665 ft2
    Building Height: 725 ft
    Number of Stories: 49

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    I love this tower. It's unique and magnificent.

    It's amazing that its fraternal twin, the Grace Building, doesn't look nearly as good due to the sole factor of a different facde.

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    They were doing some construction work on the Grace Building last time I passed by. I don't know if it was for he facade, but they had stripped the perimeter columns of their cladding for the moment.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    The work at Grace is for the new STK restaurant that's going in and will also spill out into the recently renovated Grace Plaza along 43rd Street.

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    Always loved both towers. Fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    The work at Grace is for the new STK restaurant that's going in and will also spill out into the recently renovated Grace Plaza along 43rd Street.

    Grace Plaza Finally Free of Shame and Ready for Steak

    June 20, 2011, by Pete Davies








    The new home for STK, inside the Grace Building.

    Grace Plaza, long an unfriendly expanse of treeless travertine tucked behind the Grace Building at Sixth Avenue and West 43rd Street, has just emerged with a make-over, complete with added seating and greenery, not to mention views of the fritted Bank of America Tower to the west. The re-do from Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects could get the 1970s Gordon Bunshaft design removed from the Projects for Public Spaces Hall of Shame, where it's noted as "a big, barren slab of a place ... so inhospitable to people that it came to be populated largely by drug dealers." Now that its "bum plaza" days are done, Grace Plaza will be home to a 140-seat outdoor cafe, part of the vast new outpost for ever-expanding STK steakhouse empire. There's nothing like sizzling meat and mixed drinks to erase those drug deals and construction calamities from memory.

    ˇ Projects - Public Space - Grace Building [Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects]
    ˇ Hall of Shame - Grace Plaza Headline [Project for Public Spaces]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0..._for_steak.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    I love this tower. It's unique and magnificent.

    It's amazing that its fraternal twin, the Grace Building, doesn't look nearly as good due to the sole factor of a different facde.
    couldn't say better. it's a magnificient piece of architecture


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