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Thread: GM + Apple = the Louvre?

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    Wasn't it supposed to be made out of clear glass?
    That's one question.
    The other question is why is it taking so long to do such a small little box?
    Or does it just feel that way?
    Forty-story towers have been completed in less time.

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    An earlier post in this thread said a cement strike dropped the project behind schedule.

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    Apparently every Apple store is wrapped in black wood prior to opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    The other question is why is it taking so long to do such a small little box?
    Big hole beneath the box (reconfiguring the entire sunken plaza area in front of the GM building) is what is taking all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Big hole beneath the box (reconfiguring the entire sunken plaza area in front of the GM building) is what is taking all the time.
    Exactly correct, the big box is merely the main entrance to a sub-terranian apple store (possibly the biggest one in the world)

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    I just walked by the location tonite and it looks like its just about finished, at least from the outside. All the new marble work is completed and they are now working on the very far edge where the sidewalk was during the majority of the construction. Who knows whats going on down below, but it definitely looks like we should get an opening really soon.

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    peteynyc , do you know if the cube itself will be made of marble or if it will be mafe in glass? because marble would just look awful!

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    The renderings show it all glass. The space is completely cleaned up from a week ago. There is now really nice polished marble as a barrier around the entire plaza. Huge improvement.

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    Here's the rendering again. Is it beginning to look like this?


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    has the suare fountain next to the cube always been there or is it new?

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    Took these last week-





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    How will they keep the truckbombers from driving up the steps? Will there be bollards or planters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    How will they keep the truckbombers from driving up the steps? Will there be bollards or planters?
    Well you know, terrorists really have it out for Apple

    In all seriousness, I would imagine Macklowe will add bollards to the sidewalk in front of the building.

    I'm not sure how effective they are, but I've always thought bollards gave a very ordered look to a street -- plus, if not to ward off truck bombers, bollards could be useful to prevent a drunk driver from destroying Steve Jobs' cube

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    Sad to say, I guess I´m the only one here who remembers when the ground floor of this building was a GM showroom and the building´s sunken plaza hosted a restaurant called the Autopub. You sat in booths that were like cars and they played films ....like being at a drive-in. I kid you not. The waiters were dressed like mechanics. The sunken plaza was covered in green astro turf. That was 5th Avenue in the 1970´s.

    These fountains are beautiful....and those benches... classy, minimalist.... the renderings show 2 simple groups of trees...I wish that Columbus Circle could´ve been redone with this refined level of taste.

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    Scroll up and look at the dreadful 1980´s faux art-deco facade they slapped on the lower floors of the building next door (that houses Bergdorf men´s). And note the lone townhouse/tenement behind Bergdorfs....mmmm....imagine the top floor as your bohemian garret..... just steps from 5th. That would be beyond cool.
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