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    New York City’s Latest Proposed Skyscraper Is Not What You Would Expect

    Mark Foster Gage’s Gothic-inspired design would be a stark contrast to every skyscraper in Manhattan

    Text by Nick Mafi


    Photography by Mark Foster Gage Architects




    Posted December 14, 2015






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    Mark Foster Gage’s proposed skyscraper in Manhattan would stand out among its peers.

    New York City boasts some of the most iconic skyscrapers in history: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade, and 30 Rockefeller Center, to name a few. And it might have another one that breaks the mold.
    Architect Mark Foster Gage, who also serves as assistant dean at the Yale School of Architecture, has recently proposed a looming 102-story skyscraper for Manhattan. Located at 41 West 57th Street, the mixed-use building would be among the city’s tallest buildings. Yet, with Gothic-inspired ornamentation made using robotic CNC technology, carved concrete wings that extend from the building, and four enormous cantilevered balconies overlooking the city, Gage’s proposal would certainly stand out. Dubbed the Khaleesi, the skyscraper would mainly feature residences, with some space reserved for retail shops. Unlike most buildings, which keep their name-brand stores at street level, the Khaleesi would allow shoppers to browse through shops situated on the 64th floor.










    If approved, the bold design would change the face of midtown Manhattan.It might be a stretch for the city to approve Gage’s unconventional concept. But if it were accepted, Manhattan would usher in a new era to its storied skyscraper history. For more information visit mfga.com/41-w-57th-st.

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    This NYC Skyscraper Design Is Like the Chrysler Building Went to Burning Man and I Love It


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    The crop of new skyscrapers going up on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan are very tall, whisper thin, and—yawn—rather boring. This idea for a supertall on the same street is a throbbing EDM antidote to the architectural elevator music that’s taking over New York City.
    The proposal that takes design audacity to new heights is not by Ivo Shandor but by Mark Foster Gage, New York architect and assistant dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Instead of a sheer wall of glass, the 102-story tower is adorned with deconstructed gargoyles made from “limestone-tinted concrete panels with sheet-bronze details,” which seem to iterate along the facade like a glitchy 3D printer spewing out random Art Deco references.
    And, perhaps best of all, the building is named “The Khaleesi.” Okay, so those are dragon gargoyles.
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    Look at the video for this thing:


    Once you get past the fact that the building is draped in what’s essentially Ed Hardy jewelry, the structure itself contains some great ideas. Instead of cramming the retail on the ground floors (ahem, Nordstrom Tower), shoppers will be treated to views from the 64th floor sky lobby and four outdoor balconies while they fork over their cash to boutiques. That’s pretty awesome!

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    Antoni Gaudí was here.


    While Gage doesn’t explicitly mention that this feathered filigree is a nod to the Art Deco architecture found throughout the city (even the Chrysler Building has its own birds), it’s obvious that he’s trying to bring a little bling back to the monotonous towers of our built environment. He’s trying to shake up the skyline, and for that he should be commended.

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    I am 99 percent certain this structure will never be approved or built but I almost wish it would be just so we could hear all the complaints from local NIMBY groups about how awful and inappropriate it is for New York City.

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    Had to open this thread just for kicks, now mind you I am fully aware that this has about a 1%.... maybe 1.5% chance of happening in this city of greedy developers but its worth its own thread cuz it is so damn different. One thing I am 100% certain of is that Mr Gage has a flair for the dramatic...

    https://vimeo.com/145157591

    http://www.mfga.com/media/

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    Greedy as they may be, there's some pretty good space for fanciful flights that are still profitable when selling at over $15,000 a square foot too. The uniqueness would certainly help too. It's not like 56 Leonard is a bargain for the neighborhood it's in.

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    This building got trashed in the comments over at curbed...and rightly so!
    This is not design but rather just frosted decoration pasted onto another boring glass box.
    Looks like the whole lot is about to slide right off.
    Some of the individual elements are interesting, but taken altogether it's nothing short of a hot mess.

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    432 Park dressed up for Halloween.

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    http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/b...aper-interview

    Interesting interview.... Love the phrase he coins: High Resolution Architecture

    The man speaks the way an architect should:
    Do you think more ornate, less-"glass box"-style buildings will be on the rise in New York in the coming years? Absolutely. The immense success of residential projects like Robert A.M. Sterns' 15 Central Park West show an emerging and vast interest in projects that aren't just abstract boxes clad in off-the-shelf products. It pains me that so many architects today consider making a box (and sometimes cutting off a corner for an entry) and covering it with products to be design. I warn my students at Yale that there is a difference between architects who design and architects who are just product-pickers. I've had the privilege of teaching at Yale over the past 15 years with people like Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Peter Eisenman, Richard Rogers, and a great deal more, and I can tell you that none of them are product pickers. They care about what they're doing and work their projects to death before they release them. Good design can be easy. Fun design can be easy. Great design is difficult.


    As far as how to achieve this level of stonework detail in an economically-feasible manner Gage seems to have figured out how to incorporate robotics into architecture: http://www.mfga.com/robotic-stone-carving

    Heh, robots; a way to circumvent the greed that the developers have maligned this city's skyline with in the past 70 years by producing highly profitable boring, cheap and lazy modernist box architecture.

    Seem to good to be true; but hey at least the renderings are pretty to look at.

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    Looks like the gargoyles are finally getting their castle in the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BStyles View Post
    Looks like the gargoyles are finally getting their castle in the sky.
    Finally? This project will NEVER happen, so as far as we are concerned the gargoyles are still bereft of a NYC skycastle; and likely will be till the end of time.

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    Honestly with the buildings they've passed off as significant these last few years, I can't trust the city council anymore.

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    The *idea* of it is lovely if somewhat wacky, but no thought of practicality, sadly. Perhaps on a shorter, chunkier edifice?

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