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    Untouchable.

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    The concrete form-work on this project has been much more complex, and costly, than most: this is one terrific project to watch being constructed. The convex curves on the exposed concrete floor plates are so visually subtle I am beginning to think that they were perhaps an insignificant - if not entirely pointless - design gesture. That being said, I will wait till the 'portrait' is complete before I critique the 'dimples' on the subjects face......LOL

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    True, those convex curves on the floor plates (when viewed individually) are nearly imperceptible -- except that they have the very noticeable effect of lightening the entire structure. For something this massive that is no small feat. It's that kind of subtlety of design that raises this one to the possible level of "great" (we'll have to see how it all turns out). And I'm not worried that the cost of those floor plate details will have a bad impact on the developer's business here.

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    The curve is concave, not convex; but maybe both bring up a point.

    It could be that the mind's eye doesn't interpret the curve as an exposed floor plate, which technically is what it is. Bullnose (convex) caps are sometimes attached to floorplate ends for a finished effect.

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    It looks like the building has reached the more conventional middle section of the tower. Maybe construction will speed up. It'll be interesting to see this and 30 Park Place climb together.

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    The building will climb MUCH faster now. More than a floor a week. The crane has been jumped already I can see.

    Again, from talking with the architects at H de M, the concave reveals are more a feature for the building's occupants than those looking from afar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishInNYC View Post

    Again, I from talking with the architects at H de M, the concave reveals are more a feature for the building's occupants than those looking from afar.
    A "concave" reveal on the edge of an exposed floor slab sure does look better than those standard 'flat' exposed floor plates: I 'get it' now.......

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    Very cool!

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    2nd picture down shows the first of the "pill" shaped columns where a circular column needs to shift location. A column on the 6th floor is to the 'left' of the pill column above it on 7. Then on 8 the same (in terms of loading) column is to the right.

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    I was looking at that, very interesting. I see them on the Leonard St side as well, balancing act.

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    Certain floors have multiple pill columns. I recall 6 having several.

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    Very high quality concrete. I'm glad they figured that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    Very high quality concrete. I'm glad they figured that out.
    What you see there was completed by the contractor that was fired off the project. Go figure.

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