Fun to watch this one rise, especially while doing shots to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This building reminds me of a gas station...
I will say this tread has some fantastic photos.
This is one I had not seen (untill adjusting my user cp) and it's obvious the original architectural design was far greater than what is going up there now.
The original projects was Architecture with a capital A: Nouvell does great work.
Coincidentally, I was thinking about the Nouvell proposal during a discussion with ablarc about improvements in the district.
While architecturally superior, the Novell building would have been 50% residential. Residents require and demand residential amenities. Designs for the Gansevoort plaza would have included a playground or dog-run. Neighborhood character ruined.
I prefer the present 100% hotel. The district sits between two residential neighborhoods. It's unique, and should stay that way.
IMHO The gas station asthetic is cool and right for the area.
The profile reminds me of the library building at the University of Cal (Irvine):
Now, let's hope the austere quality isn't an excuse for cheapness. But you know, this could look fine in well engineered raw concrete.
Aaaargh! Do you mean brutalist, such as the Yale Art and Architecture Building in New Haven?