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    Oh the World Wide Plaza... Even though it was built in the 80's it has done well. And although is not a bad looking building I always though it was just too fat. It looks too alone where it is. Maybe one day more office towers will join him... but by the look of things it seems like the only neighbors will be residential towers. Too bad.

    I wonder how many Square Feet it has...

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    While many people flout their noses at post-modernism, I have always loved World Wide Plaza.

    It is the quintessential New York office tower while created totally out of the context of the 1920's and 30's.

    There are so many bland and, frankly, ugly glass boxes around the City that it is such a nice change to see a tower that has a beautiful crown to top it and isn't a colorless box.

    Beyond this tower's wonderful, and colorful, masonary and classic crown, the complex as a whole interacts with its surroundings and has an eclectic mix of retail and a wonderful open-space park. The through-block park with seating and the complex's mixed use with residential and retail really creates an inviting environment and I consider the building to be a success.

    I realize the building isn't, groundbreaking, but it looks good, which is fine with me compared to other 80's office towers that shut-out the world with reflective glass and blank street wall.

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    Looks like a fat pencil to me, but it is beautiful though and I love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    I wonder how many Square Feet it has...
    1.7 million sf
    More here: http://www.equityoffice.com/properti...uildingId=2053

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    The building looks really cool at night, when the HVAC vents near the top start giving off steam. It evokes a rocket ready for liftoff.

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    I don't usually like "fat" buildings but this building's size has always seemed appropriate for its "monumental" appearance. The size seems to go well with the design.

    Perhaps the smaller apartment tower next door gives the office tower its context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    Looks like a fat pencil to me, but it is beautiful though and I love it.


    1.7 million sf
    More here: http://www.equityoffice.com/properti...uildingId=2053

    Oh thanks.

    Hahaha! Funny you said it looks like a 'Fat Pencil.' Because I also though the same thing and a friend of mine said the same when he visited the city. So alot of people think the same about this building looking like a 'Fat Pencil'.

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    The massing is classic. But the color of the brick is unfortunate.

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    The Times said the white brick was a cop out, should have been stone.

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    It was supposed to be ...but they ran out of money because of a costly, major revision of structural design,
    due to a complete lobby redesign- after construction had already been started.
    Last edited by scumonkey; February 28th, 2011 at 05:12 AM.

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    Did not know that. The lobby is fab.

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    Don't get to see that view and at that angle very often. I love Worldwide Plaza - an admirable nod to Art Deco. Nice sculpture, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    Don't get to see that view and at that angle very often. I love Worldwide Plaza - an admirable nod to Art Deco. Nice sculpture, too.
    Likewise. I can't really complain - it succeeded where many have failed.

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