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    Good chance it will have lots of brown as well.

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    SHoP Architects’ Dancing Towers Break Ground on First Avenue in New York

    by Nicole Anderson


    First Avenue Development (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    After a decade-long wait, construction commenced in late July on a pair of conjoined rental towers designed by SHoP Architects on an empty parcel on First Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets. The New York Times reported that the two copper buildings, consisting of 800 units and reaching up to 49 and 40 stories, will be connected by a sky bridge. The luxury development will boast high-end amenities and facilities such as indoor lap pool, rooftop deck with infinity pool, fitness center, squash court, and film screening room.


    Sky Bridge between two towers (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    These dancing towers will be a visual departure for this area around Turtle Bay, which is home to a cluster of hospitals and medical centers and bereft of much new contemporary architecture. Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects, told the Times that the copper veiled facades were inspired from Richard Serra’s twisted sheet metal sculptures. Also in the works is a privately-operated park and an elementary school if City Planning gives the developer JDS Development the green light.


    Night View of First Avenue Development (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    The construction site flooded during Hurricane Sandy, so now the two buildings are being prepped for future storms. JDS Development said they are planning on placing mechanicals above grade, and considering floodgates and backup generators.


    Rooftop Pool (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    JDS Development purchased the roughly one-acre parcel from developer Sheldon H. Solow who had originally tapped Richard Meier and Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design 7 towers on this sprawling 9.2-acre site.

    The development is expected to be completed by early 2016.

    http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/67612

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    makes the skyline look sloppy, hate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    makes the skyline look sloppy, hate it.
    IMHO. Makes the skyline look 'SHoPy' - love it. HeHe

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    Quote Originally Posted by infoshare View Post
    IMHO. Makes the skyline look 'SHoPy' - love it. HeHe
    Knowing that you are a big fan of Gregg the P in Shop how do you reconcile the fact that this is shit architecture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    Knowing that you are a big fan of Gregg the P in Shop how do you reconcile the fact that this is shit architecture?
    Well, if it is shit architecture; I must be blinded by my own bias. By the way, Greg P doesn't even return my calls/emails these days: so my loyalties may be sadly misplaced - but sill a "fan".

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    I mean, I'm not blown away by these designs, but of the 4 most prominent buildings in this render, this is the most visually interesting, so it could be worse. The original plans for this site were deathly boring glass boxes. I find it hard to believe this isn't an improvement.

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    That's a really arbitrary looking sky bridge.

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    Looks like a poorly applied band-aid.

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    The East Side skyline is a bit of a snore. This will liven it up nicely.
    Hopefully JDS gets the other Solow sites to the north as well.

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    More than reminiscent of Gehry's so-called "Fred & Ginger Building" in Prague, as if it were redesigned by Richard Serra. Can't wait for this stuff to go out of style.

    What's happening with Richard Meir's plans for this part of the city? That's real architecture, not mere fashion.

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    I can't believe that skybridge...
    WHY (other than visual gimmick for such a blah set of towers), when many cities are in the process of tearing theirs down?!

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    I love how renders always depict sky bridges as elite spots populated by the young, rich & beautiful -- enjoying life above it all.

    Maybe they needed a place to put this (I know, they say this is the Rooftop, but still) ...

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    The bridge is the amenities floor for the towers. It's more interesting up in the sky rather than in a shared podium on the ground.

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    I appreciate the effort to do SOMETHING different here.

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