NEW YORK | 115 East 55th Street | 185 FT | 18 FLOORS

this ultra luxury building has been quietly going up behind 425 Park.

photo by @Tectonic

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That little red brownstone, to this apartment tower to 425 Park. Amazing lol

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That’s exactly what I love about NYC, the insane clashing of styles. My favorite cities are the ones where you get a wild mix of architecture old and new. For example, NYC, London, Boston, SF, parts of Paris and Moscow, Philly. The all-old cities like Bruges and the all-modern cities like Dubai don’t cut it for me. I love cities where you can see an old 1800s tenement, a grand early 20th century Beaux Arts palace, a 60s box, and a modern supertall together.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CNfbYsejm-t/?utm_medium=copy_link

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https://www.instagram.com/cma_nyc_construction/

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Enough with these nouveau riche vertical McMansions! It’s incredible that we’re still stuck in this time period of wealth idealization and old European aspiration.

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I think one or two RAMSAs or Pennoyers are fine here and there, but for the most part I agree. I prefer strong contemporary design. There are ways to incorporate ornament in new and modern ways, and not just extrapolate and stretch old styles into towers, as so many “revivalist” architects seem to do.

So many NYC buildings are either soulless glass boxes or tacky Stern-esque revivalist vertical McMansions, to borrow Emoglez’s very apt term. I prefer the middle ground, where historical context is reinterpreted in modern ways. Think of the recent work by SHoP, Adjmi, CookFox, even SOM (the grand fluted columns on 175 Park for instance, or the terra cotta on their Chicago Spire towers). That’s the type of design I like: rooted in context and yet recognizably contemporary.

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Buildings like these represent a minuscule fraction of total construction. A lot of the reason they’re celebrated is because of that. They’re the projects that help prevent a boring monoculture of cheap boxes. Not the other way around.

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^perfectly said

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I agree. These are handsome well made background buildings (for the most part) and are selling well.

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The PoS on 55th and Lex and the hideous pink hotel next door must come down ADAP.


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I doubt that the hotel will go anywhere in our lifetimes.

Why? It’s a lame hotel on such a prime site.

Because it’s new. If anything it might get reglazed and turned into a condo.

I wouldn’t call it new. It’s more than 35 years old.

https://www.emporis.com/buildings/135390/the-concorde-hotel-new-york-city-ny-usa

It was used for housing British Airways crew between flights.

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It should be razed, together with the hideous garbage next door on Lex.

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