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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686 View Post
    It really does look like Sony (AT&T), doesn't it? It must be those double-height windows at the top.

    Signs of an application of Post-Modernism, or just dumb coincidence?
    It really does. The more I look at it the more it looks like a square Sony Building with a turret.

    I like the postmodern look. Overall, it's pretty good design in my book.

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    Default US Mission to the UN (22 floors)

    I couldn't find a thread for this project. If there is one can someone please move it. Well like it or not, this one is under construction already. Anyone has any progress photos? Anyway feel free to criticize.


    The Tower:





    United States Mission to the United Nations:

    The challenge was to design an iconic tower that would transcend strict programmatic and technical constraints, and become a compelling and representative landmark for architecture and democracy. The tower refers abstractly to skyscraper precedents of base, middle, top, while presenting a composite, layered and interlocking composition of forms and materials, vertically and horizontally.

    The site is located opposite the United Nations General Assembly Building on First Avenue and 45th Street in New York City. It presents a pedestrian scale, a place scale and a city scale that attempts to be both memorable and inspiring.

    The building provides office, meeting and reception spaces for the U.S. Mission, the United States Information Agency, and the Office of Foreign Missions within a 22-story structure which is designed in response to stringent blast and security criteria. Special facilities for press conferences and reception functions are provided in the base and at the top of the building.


    http://www.gwathmey-siegel.com/

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    The Base:




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    There's already a thread for this project here.

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    Krulltime it's not that hard to use the search function. My advice is if your looking for a project use a term that describes it and another term that is limited to it.

    For instance I used: gwathmey+mission

    Gwathmey because its not going to appear in too many threads.

    Mission because its the subject term.

    The thread I was looking for appeared in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    There's already a thread for this project here.
    You are good in searching. I guess I haven't seen this thread for the longest time and I forgot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern View Post
    For instance I used: gwathmey+mission
    Oh the plus sign. Never use it before.

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    Can they achieve security without it looking like a cross between Fort Knox and a grain silo?
    I think it's very very ugly. Should we be grateful for the suspended glass in front of the ramparts?

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    Considering that the US needs a fortress to house its mission to the UN, it really should re-think its belligerent foreign policy. I'm embarrassed to be American. One would have thought we learned our lesson in Vietnam.
    Last edited by londonlawyer; April 13th, 2007 at 05:41 PM.

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    Amen.

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    It really is ugly, and stupid-looking too. That description from Gwathmey's website is probably the most full of BS description I've ever read about a building. Representative landmark for democracy? Yeah, maybe if you're in Nairobi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    I think it's very very ugly.
    Welcome to New York!

    Where with each passing day and each new proposal, the architecture sinks to new lows!

    Folks, it's only getting worst from here on in...







    There's more where those came from.

    Thank you Gene Kaufman, you nutcase.

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    Ugh! I hate those color patterns! please make it stop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern View Post
    Krulltime it's not that hard to use the search function.
    I beg to differ on this point. I know its nothing to do with the topic but i have a major issue with the search function.

    For example from a recent search i carried out recent for jean nouvel.
    Pressing search the first 5 threads are:

    Freedom tower
    Atelier-627 west
    london projects
    world trade center
    beijing olympic

    The actual jean nouvel threads are 8th and 15th on the list even though both have jean+nouvel in the title.

    Why is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    Ugh! I hate those color patterns! please make it stop!
    So you like those, huh?

    Here's a few more:





    Thanks again Gene Kaufman, you evil little man.

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