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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:08 AM   #1
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'Eagle Tower' NYC 41 West 57th Street - A steampunk Neo-Art-Deco architecture revolution of the 21st century?

This visionary design just broke my heart.
I can't believe an architect finally comes up with the missing link between Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Expressionism, Gaudí-Modernisme and Contemporary architecture, that I've been longing for since ever
(you know my posts across the board).

An actual vision for future architecture, grounded both in classical & natural beauty and bold visions for mankind,
technological progress, unique shapes and creative expression. An archetype of endless possibilities.

I'm amazed this was drawn. Whether it's built or not doesn't even matter all that much.
The sole existance of this design is set to be revolutionary in many ways!

Open your eyes for the show:



















Design by (and source): Mark Foster Gage Architects


It's super-eclectic of course, but somehow it succeeds imho.
It's amazing really. I've shed tears. Wow.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:22 AM   #2
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I normally hate kitschy ornamentation on skyscrapers but I actually find this appealing. Perhaps because of how intricate the detailing is. The design looks super powerful.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:24 AM   #3
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This thing is just completely beyond insane.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:35 AM   #4
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Please let it become reality. Please!!!
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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:41 AM   #5
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Article at 6sqft

It's mindblowing and indulging indeed. As the 6sqft article says, it "turns your architectural world upside down". It must've been a similar effect when people seen plans for Gaudí's Sagrada Família.


This is an essential part, finally architects actually take up on the possibilities that new technologies like 3D printing and robotic assembly allow us:

>> Mark Foster Gage, who founded the firm bearing his name just one year ago, is a tenured professor and Assistant Dean at the Yale School of Architecture. The radical architect has dreamt up a crop of developments around the city and the world ranging from stores and outfits for Lady Gaga to sleek Manhattan condos. According to his profile page, his approach derives from a seemingly conflicting background of being a protégé of Robert A.M. Stern and a studio assistant to Frank Gehry.

In an INK talks presentation, Gage shares his interdisciplinary design approach that he says has been made possible by the incredible advances in material sciences and fabrication. Gage also presents a competition entry for a Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland, where a similar looking design to the Central Park tower was produced by downloading dozens of already made 3D models (like tyrannosaurus rex, file cabinets, Mickey Mouses) and recombining them to create a new architectural language. Gage says constructing entire surfaces of ornament is entirely possible since by making things robotically you can create forms with an unlimited amount of detail at the same price as doing something flat. <<
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More on the 102-story Eagle Tower at Central Park:

>> According to architect’s website, “Each unit has its own unique figurally carved façade and balconies that frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes. The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted Taktl© concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of New York.

Though we are very skeptical that Gage’s 41 West 57th design will go forward, the firm’s project page lists its status as “ongoing.” The depicted scheme does rise from a legitimate block-through development site comprised of the addresses 41-43 West 57th Street and 50 West 58th Street. The latter address held the home of the national women’s Jewish organization, Hadassah, who sold its building in 2012 for $71.5 million to the mysterious LLC, BOB 57. According to a 2012 Wall Street Journal story, Hadassah can occupy the 60,000 square-foot building for up to three years after the sale date but afterwards the building, along with two others parcels, will be redeveloped into a retail, office, hotel or condominium tower.

A few doors down at 29-35 West 57th Street, Steven Roth’s Vornado Realty Trust is reportedly planning a seven-star hotel, and across 58th Street at 36 Central Park West, a partnership led by the Witkoff Group plans a redevelopment of the Park Lane Hotel into soaring condominium tower. Another tidbit that has been churning in the rumor mill since 2013 is that Michael Shvo has been putting together a deal to build a 100-story tower near Central Park. Perhaps this could be the site. <<

Complete: http://www.6sqft.com/could-this-othe...o-57th-street/
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Old December 8th, 2015, 03:02 AM   #6
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Old December 8th, 2015, 03:10 AM   #7
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Seeing revival of art deco skyscrapers in some form in NYC would be amazing, but that thing got too much going on.
Though a bit hard to judge how coherent it would actually look from those pics.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 03:21 AM   #8
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Old December 8th, 2015, 03:48 AM   #9
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Into it. Finally something truly NEW. I hope some iteration of this gets built somewhere in the city.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 04:07 AM   #10
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It is very 21st century Gotham. I love it. Finally something I have never seen before.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 04:16 AM   #11
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Looks abit like a sonic screwdriver...
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Old December 8th, 2015, 05:12 AM   #12
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I find it utter shit. Kitsch beyond words.
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I have mixed feelings about this...
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Old December 8th, 2015, 05:56 AM   #14
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...While it turns out that the project will not be moving forward, as confirmed by building architect Mark Foster Gage, the design is still worth checking out. The supertall building is adorned with sculptures of eagles and gold paneling, and appears to be topped by a gold watchtower with a golden clock (or a bell depending on how you see it.) It only gets better from there.

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While this design—an homage to Art Deco architecture—won't be rising on the site, the fact that the plan exists suggests that someone might be interested in bringing another supertall tower to Central Park South.
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Gaudy and atrociously horrible. Like something straight out of a Russian billionaire's wet dream.
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It looks horrible!!!
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Old December 8th, 2015, 02:22 PM   #17
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It's massively overdone by purpose and does well at it. Similar to tsar palaces, Sagrada Familia or wedding cake Beaux Arts / Nouveau. Probably you either hate it or love it.

Bold creative visions like this have become rare in these times, while they were abundant until WW2, so this can be appreciated for efforts.
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Well, there's bold and then there's drug induced madness.
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Some of the best mad art in the world is drug induced in some way...

I'm not into defending it all that much, as I said it's either love or hate. I just see it as an approach for waking up an architect's caste that has been stuck in a decade old dogmatic modernist mindset, that finally needs to be overthrown. This is what it can achieve. Even though it likely won't be built like that, I'd love to see some of its majestic elements on a real tower.
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It's massively overdone by purpose and does well at it. Similar to tsar palaces, Sagrada Familia or wedding cake Beaux Arts / Nouveau. Probably you either hate it or love it.

Bold creative visions like this have become rare in these times, while they were abundant until WW2, so this can be appreciated for efforts.
please don't compare a masterpiece like the Sagrada familia to this kitsch monstruosity.
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