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November 18, 2010

I’ll give you something to grumble about.

These hideous things are landmarked?

Not to mention that they completely block anyone’s ability to actually walk around the area.

New York is so fucked up.

In Manhattan Skyscrapers (2000, Princeton Architectural Press), by Eric P. Nash describes the design thusly:

“Silver Towers is a fine composition that creates a modernist dialogue between openness and enclosure. The sheer, 30-story, reinforced concrete and glass towers are an elegant synthesis of many strains of modernist design, and at the same time express Pei’s minimalist sculptural sensibility. A “slightly skeptical acolyte” of Walter Gropius, in the words of his biographer Michael Cannell, Pei clearly expresses the structure of Silver Towers, but improves on Gropius’s unlovely precast concrete façade for the Pan Am Building. The warm, buff-colored concrete facades of the three Silver Towers are organized into four by eight structural bays of deeply recessed plate-glass windows. The wedge shaped piers and sloping walls soften what would otherwise be a cold, office-building-like grid.

Pei wanted to provide a sense of home in the comfort…Like LeCorbusier’s cast concrete collective housing unit, Unite d’Habitation (1947-53) in Marseilles, the building interacts naturally with the environment: the deeply overhanging soffits function like a brise-soleil, and the windows slide open for natural air circulation…Pei also used the deep window sockets to provide a sense of privacy and shelter, the way Frank Lloyd Wright did.”

Yeah right. Fuck you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2010 5:21 pm

    Come on, they create a modernist dialogue between openness and enclosure. What could be bad about that?

    • Fat Al permalink*
      November 18, 2010 7:19 pm

      I’ll give you a modernist dialogue, buddy.

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