This tower has a nice shape. If it had a sleek glass facade, it would be very nice. It's still a pretty nice tower though.
What a sorry pile that beaver is.
This building looks like it was snatched from Montreal or some damp, cold Northern European city and shoved into lower Manhattan. Besides being just bad, it doesn't belong. Horrible.
Welcome to the new New York, where bad and/or cheap architecture is all the rage.
Seriously. It's really an disaster.
I think you need to get your eyes open!!
Heck, Kaufmans alone can fill this whole page...oh wait, make that 35 pages!
There were rumors of a tower Downtown designed by Allied Works (they did the Museum of Art & Design on Columbus Circle), Guess it was 15 William all along. It looks slightly taller and a lighter looking tower would've been more appropriate for the dark canyons. It resembles the tower proposed for the stock exchange pre 9/11. I wonder why they dropped it. More images in the link.
15 William Street
Fifteen William is a 50-story, 400,000sf condominium tower on an irregular site in lower Manhattan. Situated a short distance from the East River and Wall Street, the tower is set within a district of older stone and masonry structures that define the heart of the financial district.
Developed for the hotelier Andre Balazs, the Allied Works design addressed a range of complex issues including overall massing, structure, materials, building envelope and unit configurations. The design takes advantage of view corridors along the streets that define its corner site, and subtly modulates the rhythm, relief and differing transparencies of its glass skin to interact with the form, light and atmosphere of the city.
Worst case scenario: In 50 years this building will be landmarked based on its "unique ugliness"
The building looks like someone urinated on it from atop 20 Exchange Place. Maybe this wouldn't be such a bad idea.