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    Contrary to the currently popular theory of "contextualism" I think the fact that this buildings is glass help keep the definition of the original tower much better than something more "contextual" will.

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    Question:

    Why are the bilboard ads on the rendering changing like that?

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    They couldn't have the old iMac on the new rendering.

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    @ Ninjahedge. Well, that's the nature of Times Square and its surrounds.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMGarcia
    Contrary to the currently popular theory of "contextualism" I think the fact that this buildings is glass help keep the definition of the original tower much better than something more "contextual" will.
    Agreed.

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    May 23, 2004

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    An Office Building Reflects More Than 2 Decades of Patience

    By JOSH BARBANEL

    It is only in the new Times Square of glitzy super-size 40 story buildings that the tall aluminum-and-gray glass tower planned for the south side of 42nd Street just off Seventh Avenue could seem small and modest, almost too tiny to attract notice.

    "Anywhere else this would be considered a big building," said Marwan Dalloul, vice president of American Properties. The company, controlled by a patient Lebanese family, bought property on the street more than two decades ago and waited for Times Square to turn around.

    The new 23 story building, to be known as 140 West 42nd Street, is to have 143,000 square feet of space for office and commercial use. It is down the street from the 48-story, 1.6 million-square-foot Condé Nast building, and across from the site of the 50-story, 2.1 million square foot Bank of America Building.

    The height of the new building was pared back at the request of the Landmarks Preservation Commission so that it would be a slightly shorter, modern echo of the Bush Tower, a narrow 29-story gothic building next door that is a city landmark and influenced a decade of skyscraper construction after it was completed in 1917.

    And with a landmark building on the other side as well, the former Knickerbocker Hotel, built in the French renaissance style with a mansard roof, the architect, Jordan Gruzen of Gruzen Samton, turned this to his advantage and designed a building that was more understated and less flashy than many other Times Square buildings.

    "We tried not to be demonstrative, or to show off or be aggressive, but to do a softer building, to do justice to our landmarked neighbors," he said. "It is finely detailed and is not going to disappear. It is going have a very quiet dignity."

    The new building site was assembled from three small lots to create a 75-foot-wide building, and development rights from from nearby buildings were used to add more bulk. Mr. Dalloul said that demolition of a five-story building on part of the site would begin this fall, with construction to begin before year-end.

    He said the company was in talks with several major tenants but would go ahead and put together its financing and begin construction before any large leases were signed. Construction is to be completed by the fall of 2006, he said.

    The close coordination between the Bush Tower, also owned by Mr. Dalloul's group, and 140 West 42nd Street will also let tenants break through walls between the two buildings and create much larger floors. Although floors in the new building range from 9,000 square feet on the lower floors to 5,000 in the highest, tenants could create combined floor areas of up to 25,000 feet.

    Mr. Dalloul said that although occupancy in the Bush Tower slumped in the last downturn, occupancy was now 95 percent and rents on new leases had risen. At the new building, he said he hoped for rents of more than $60 a square foot, from financial firms to architects to Broadway producers.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    Excellent, I like the building and the infill factor. Great location and nice to see some TS-like biilboard action. Would like to see an arts component, though. We'll see. Also, would love to see those two little shit buildings to the left in the picture be razed, too. Was there talk of this a couple months ago?

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    I think the great thing about the Bush Tower is its verticality and this new design ignores that. It's ironic that (as so often happens) the new building seeks to capitalise on the beauty whilst actually destroying it.











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    Anyone have a clue when this one starts?

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    After the Bank of AMerica groundbreaking , pataki was walking near this site discusssing its construction from a what a person i know who works at Tishman Construction told me

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    Always liked the Bush building, despite the decades of filth that covers its terrific lines. Does anybody know if this building actually has paying tenants?

    The new addition is OK, but I'd prefer the architects simply replicate the original and join it up. And, of course, steam-clean the original!

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    Always liked the Bush building, despite the decades of filth that covers its terrific lines. Does anybody know if this building actually has paying tenants?
    According to the website there are only suite's on the 6,7,8, and 9th floors available.

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    this i believe will be an exelent building.

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    Is there any news as to when this project will start?

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    I think the new building should have a setback and appear to be smaller than the building next to it if the verticality of the original is to be kept.

    Right now it is just making it look like a bookend rather than a tower.

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