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Old March 19th, 2014, 01:59 AM   #281
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Seeing that building go won't hurt.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 05:55 AM   #282
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People wanted to see 425 on this map so I edited it in.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 02:48 PM   #283
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This reflection gives the impression that building is much taller and much closer
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Old April 11th, 2014, 03:08 AM   #284
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I nearly threw up with the sight of that thing.
To me it's a mid-century classic worthy of saving...if it was at a different location.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #285
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It seems that the various sections will appear to be floating.

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Old July 8th, 2014, 07:34 AM   #286
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To me it's a mid-century classic worthy of saving...if it was at a different location.
The facade is in terrible shape; it's clear even from far away that this particular building was neglected after almost sixty years. It looked much nicer in photos from the 1950s when it was still relatively new. At least Foster's design is nice.

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Old July 8th, 2014, 09:23 AM   #287
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The diagonal cross bracing at the open atrium levels comes pretty close to ruining this otherwise great design.

I assume they're practical as opposed to strictly for aesthetics. But it seems like, given some of the crazy cantilevers we've seen and will be seeing, the engineers could have found a way to do without them.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 07:38 PM   #288
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I on the other hand believe they are one of the nicest details in this design. They are obviously functional but I also love the look. I think Foster is known for putting huge steel beams as an structural element but also incorporating them nicely within the building's design.



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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #289
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I just think they're at odds with the geometry of the rest of the building; a weird mix of obtuse and acute, all contrasted against the right angles of the main tower sections. I think it might be helped if they wrapped all the way around symmetrically, but as they're all on one side, it just makes me feel like the tower is out of balance.

I'm generally a big fan of Foster's exposed structural elements -- this just doesn't work for me is all.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #290
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I'm excited for this project. And personally I think the clashing elements of the design add enough interest without going overboard. The three panels sticking out on top are a bit odd, though.

In any case, I would like to see more post war buildings being renovated and redone like this (the ones that aren't architecturally significant, that is). Even a simple re-cladding a la First Canadian Place in Toronto can do wonders.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 12:40 AM   #291
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The diagonal beams are part of Foster's signature style. So are the vertical rectangular fins.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 06:47 AM   #292
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Old July 9th, 2014, 07:08 AM   #293
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I hope this gets bumped to supertall status. It's by far my favorite proposed design in NYC (even more than 400 Park Ave. South, Verre, Girasole, 111 or the Pyramid)
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Old July 9th, 2014, 01:51 PM   #294
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Those Central Park views are priceless.

Well designed facade with minimal steel and maximum glass.
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Old July 21st, 2014, 07:25 AM   #295
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The wolverine of the skyline

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Old July 21st, 2014, 05:44 PM   #296
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Ghostface hit the nail on the head! That's bad ass!
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Old July 27th, 2014, 07:18 AM   #297
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An Architect Gets Busy
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In 2012, Mr. Foster beat out architects like Ms. Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Richard Rogers in a competition to design 425 Park Avenue, a 47-story, 670,000-square-foot office building at East 55th Street. It is expected to break ground next spring, after a building on the site is demolished, and be completed in 2017.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 11:33 AM   #298
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From 42fl to 47fl? If we assume roof heights are the same then this could well be over 300m. Maybe ~1,010'?

905'/42fl: 21.55' per floor x47fl (now): 1,013'

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Old July 27th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #299
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we'll see. The height is consistent with an earlier rendering.



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Old July 27th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #300
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Heh, too bad they never show it in a render with 432 Park. This will look positively insignificant compared to its monolithic neighbor.
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