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Thread: Sky House - 11 East 29th Street - Condo - Flatiron - by FX Fowle

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    Post New condo going up near-by Sky House

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    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9426

    There's already a wired threat. The renderings look nice to me, though I'm sure I'll now be villified for saying that about an O'Hara building.
    Thanks for the hyper-link; that is probably the building in question. I would say mediocre: but, nice will do too.

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    Yeah, that must be it. Thanks for digging that up!

    Mediocre is probably generous. Don't like the setback. But at least it's overshadowed by Sky House and not right on the corner of Madison.

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    I really like this building's north and south elevations. As bad as the west elevation is with that big blank wall, the east elevation is horrendous. Solid wall. I was shocked when I saw it today for the first time (although the building is another appreciated bump in the skyline south of ESB.)

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    You're right, BR -- the EAST facade is basically a big "FY, AH" to everyone to the east of this building ...

    As seen from Madison @ E. 28th ...



    Directly across Madison (between 29th / 30th) ...



    From E. 30th just east of Madison ...



    From in front of another New Building** going up at 39 E. 30th with the blank wall of Sky House looming in the background ...



    What a pair of blank-ended butts these two make ...



    ** DOB says this is to be a 30-story building / Arch.: Thomas J. O'Hara. It encompasses four lots on E 29th (39 / 41/ 43 /45 for a frontage of ~ 105 ' and is connected to # 36 E. 30th). Permit was issued in February 2007. Some info in this POST .

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    That ^^^ O'Hara project at 39-45 East 29th has its own THREAD

    Here's what it will look like (with its own blank butt facing east -- and another facing west toward Sky House):


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    Help to enlighten a philistine. Could the scourge of these towering blank walls be lessened by inexpensive design solutions? Such as, adding some texture or variance to tease the eye, or (cover your ears, the horror!) adding fake windows. (I realize that this an architectural sin worthy of eternal damnation, but at least it would look better . . . in that brief interim before Satan snatches you away.)

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    Taken a few days ago:


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    Not much more to go.

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    What's that terrific white building that looks like it belongs in London?

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    I hate this building, luckily it has sexy proportions.








    These I took today.






    It has lots of ugly new friends to play with too...

    Last edited by Derek2k3; June 13th, 2007 at 02:25 AM.

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    In Dereks pics, it looks to me like a "real" building. Look at the facade and compare it to the older buildings in the photos... fits right in. Nice deep rich somber color, inset windows with verticle proportions, no exposed floor plates, no balconies sticking out, no lame attempt at a crown. Look how garish by comparison is the new building to the left with the "now renting" sign... or the building with exposed floor plates and balconies.

    Of course all of this effort is going to RUINED if the blank wall side (seen in Lofters pics) is going to be raw concrete and not covered with brick. What will it be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio View Post
    Look how garish by comparison is the new building to the left with the "now renting" sign...
    Heartily agreed. Worst of all is the graphicky, tacked on egg-crate styling trick. Yuck!

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    Is the egg carton by Kaufman? He loves using that trick to break up the mass of his buildings

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    That's Kondylis for you. Or, at least it was...he seems to be going for cleaner designs these days. Building's thread: 9 West 31st Street

    What do you think of the other tall residential, with the gold-colored crown? It's no masterpiece, but at least it made an attempt at contextuality. Not the easiest thing to do in this neighborhood.

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    Cool shots Derek. Looks like you were a few floors up....what building?

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