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    From the Architect's Newspaper:

    http://www.archpaper.com/eavesdrop/e...op_011905.html

    THE RESULTS ARE IN…

    It turns out we’re not the only ones who think Charles Gwathmey’s new condo tower on Astor Place looks like it belongs in a Shenzhen office park. Granted, the building’s not done yet, but our thoroughly unscientific poll has revealed that 100 percent of a select handful of acquaintances think it’s somewhere between “ugly” and the B-word (that would be “banal”). ”It’s shiny. I’ll give it that,” one respondent offered. In fairness, we should mention that some people—actually, just Gwathmey—have admiringly compared the curvy glass tower to an obelisk (come to think of it, our fire escape evokes Louis Sullivan, too). And it’s definitely a stellar example of the Floor Area Ratio school of architecture. However, call us chumps, but many of us had higher hopes for a site as storied as Astor Place. Mind you, we fully support the Cooper Union, which owns the land on which Gwathmey’s building sits—and on whose board Gwathmey once sat—in making a pretty penny. (It leased the site to the Related Companies, which was the developer). “But you’d think they’d make sure we got something better, even if it still meant luxury condos for rich people,” says one observer, reminding us of the school’s social mission and High Architecture posturing. “They definitely took the ivory out of the ivory tower with this one.”

    Agreed. Attatched are some previous designs. One by Gehry and the other by Koolhaas.
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    Mind you, when you see swarmy criticism from archpaper, or that architect in The Village Voice, it's just good old fashioned professional jealousy.

    That said, prominent architects are like hydrophobes at the lake of creativty. They're slowly shaking off their Mies and Corbusier addictions. Gwathmey is getting his feet wet with a little Erich Mendelsohn:




    While Gehry is the farthest out, wading in the waters of Gaudi.

    Someday, they MAY swim again!

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    "It turns out we’re not the only ones who think Charles Gwathmey’s new condo tower on Astor Place looks like it belongs in a Shenzhen office park."

    That is hilarious!!!

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    Take a look at Manulife Financial Headquarters in South Boston designed by SOM:



    more photos here

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedFerrari360f1
    "It turns out we’re not the only ones who think Charles Gwathmey’s new condo tower on Astor Place looks like it belongs in a Shenzhen office park."

    That is hilarious!!!
    I've had other people tell me that it belongs in either Miami or Las Vegas. lol

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    Goldberger takes on this garish monstrosity:


    http://www.newyorker.com/critics/sky...02crsk_skyline

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    ^Amen.
    From Pith
    http://pith.org/core/related-astor/


    View plenty more at the site.

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    ^Derek2k3 did you take that picture yourself?

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    nuh-uh

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3

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    I'm not a big fan of astor place. It really does look like it belongs in shenzen or in the gang-nam yeok area of Seoul. But the photo of it where you can see the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance looks pretty good. It's the best photo of Astor Place to date, it makes NYC look more experimental, and the glass has a better reflection in that one photo. But in that one photo, only. Does anyone know from what building that photo was taken from?

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    Sorry, my bad Derek and to the other people offended. I mean not the Brooklyn Bridge, but either the williamsburg or the manhattan bridge that is in the distance.

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    Jesse Chan-Norris
    More great photos at his website:
    http://www.jessechannorris.com

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    As a certain unemployed hotel-chain heiress is known to say, "That's hot."

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    Anyone know what is the plan for the revolving Cube sculpture that used to be in the traffic island N. of the Astor? Am hoping the island will be fixed up and the Cube returned -- if not it's a huge loss for that area.

    Also, this is some idiot marketing person's description of the location from the Sotheby's website (TRIANGULAR???) :

    http://www.sothebysrealty.com/splash...lash=manhattan

    Astor Place

    Location

    Located on the last remaining triangular site in all of Manhattan, Astor Place, 445 Lafayette Street, occupies a pivotal corner

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