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    Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

    Year: 1988

    Style: Postmodern

    Description: A relatively unknown building. In my opinion, the building is another great postmodern design by Kohn Pederson Fox, who is perhaps the best corporate architect for modern-day New York.




















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    This building is very corporate, its not as much of a relief as KPF had envisioned. I dont care for the facade collage, its nauseating, and complicated, one is successful IMO.

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    Unknown ?
    I don't think so. It was made famous by Spiderman, the movie.

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    I have always liked the roundness to the front. *A relief from all of the boxes in NY.

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    Perfect shot!

    They're really good with those classical touches. *They built a 21-story granite tower in L.A. (1000 Wilshire) that is not the highest but is definitely one of the classiest in town:



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    That building is really tight. it is slammin.. the curve, it is a beauty!

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    The LA ones are pure kitsch. NY's isn't far from it.

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    You can say what you will about the design, but I can't accept the slapdash quality of the masonry. *This is why I hate so many post-modern buildings. *Modern construction methods produce masonry walls that are just painful to look at. *

    Like most buildings of its type, this is not precise work. *There is a total lack of subtlety or refinement, both in design and in construction.

    Take a good look at a respectible pre-war masonry wall. *The first impression is of the overall sculptural form the architect was suggesting. *You have to look closely to see the joints in the masonry.

    Now look at this heap. *You can see the joints in the masonry from blocks away, probably even from Queens. *Moreover, the surface of the wall buckles and ripples slightly, producing anything but the crisp lines of a well-executed masonry building. *

    This is a widespread problem in construction and it causes me much anguish. *Alas, there is no economically feasible solution in sight. *This is just the way things are done. *This is why I like to see as much glass and steel as possible in new skyscrapers.

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    Striking, yes, kitschy, no--no cheap tricks or gimmicks. *And the masonry is superb. *Have you seen it?

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    Yes, I was in LA recently. This building is kitsch, slapdash, all of the above, and soo much worse.

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    I'm fond of much of KPF's work, but I could do without this one.
    It doesn't live up to your photography.

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    Thanks Chris, I wish those were my pics. *Stern you'd probably think the Palace of Versailles needed glass curtain walls! *(heh) *

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    Real masonry


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    lol Bennie, Im a huge fan of modern architecture.

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    It is sad that the term "corporate" means unimagineative and uninspiring. *O that corporate could conjure images of truly great architecture.

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