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Thread: The Bank of America Tower a.k.a. One Bryant Park - by Cook + Fox Architects

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    So, looking through those Houston pictures, it looks like many of their skyscrapers are built in the "cheap Philip Johnson knockoff" style of the early '90s.

    This tower is more of the "iconic deconstructivist expressionism that will define an age and further the historical collage of an organic metropolis" kind of style...

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    It's striking me as a little bit 'look at me'.

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    That's definitely fair. Ouroussoff and a few others have suggested that we're emerging from this era of blatant starchitecture when buildings competed for the most innovative and novel designs, often looking at parcels as little more than patches of space in a sculpture garden.

    Now, the same critics often say that we'll be seeing a resurgence of utilitarianism, classic materials and an awareness of context, trying to focus on creating lasting senses of place through shared architectural styles.

    This building certainly does have some of that one-upsmanship, but it could very well be one of the only ones completed in that "crystal shard, portzamparc-esque" style. Most of the city's planned buildings in that spirit failed to materialize. Personally I think it is a cool part of the city's eclectic, sometimes cacophonous bricolage of buildings. Nothing like walking by the Woolworth in the morning and then seeing this glistening in the distance, IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    It's striking me as a little bit 'look at me'.
    Considering its height and location, I'd say that's a good thing.

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    Almost done ...

    The crown is looking real nice from the mid-block plaza of the hotel going up at Sixth & W 29th ...


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    Thumbs up At long last

    Well they sure took their time. Im happy with the way the crown came out . It definitely makes an impact on the skyline with most of the cladding now complete.

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    I too like how the crown's turned out. It strikes a good balance between being translucent enough to add some visual excitement up top while still being opaque enough to register on the skyline as a unified part of the building.

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    I don't like the spire though. Seem a bit industrial, its not graceful.

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    It looks great while walking up sixth and from Bryant Park.

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    I like that last photo. It's another perspective we really have not seen.

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    I like the new facade on the Verizon Building now!

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    any word on the wedge of light. with the crown almost finished...should be soon....

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    April 15, 2009:

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    Default One Bryant Park

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