BRAVO !! RAMSA knocks it out of the park again.
The Renzo Piano tower will really complement the new skyline.
Good intermediary between the Church and the Vandewater. The new 125th street Piano tower will help with its setbacks.
Rendering and reality:
Could be worse.
This will never not look ridiculous to me.
Give it 10 years of weathering and you’ll get used to it.
Having said that, it really should have been shorter than the Church tower.
It’s pretty shameless and I have so say I’d rather it not be there. Not every block needs to have a skyscraper and I would think Riverside church would merit some breathing room. VandeWater condominium is way less obtrusive just being a couple blocks over. But I guess the area is going to get built up sooner or later, and as @stache said it really could be way worse.
If anyone wants to die inside, imagine a Gene Kaufman tower getting built around here…
Sadly, it won’t–for me at any rate! The superficial Mickey Mouse gothic employed here will always stand out like a sore thumb against the ornate beauty of the campus. I don’t know if any design could succeed in blending in harmoniously, but this one definitely does not. It’s a half-hearted effort that only draws attention to its failure IMO.
Stern’s Yale campus has the advantage of being somewhat removed from downtown, and therefore is less apt to drawn unfavorable comparisons with Yale’s neo-gothic gems.
I will admit, though, that I have a sentimental attachment to Union (and Yale), and that might be coloring my judgment, in spite of my usual high regard for Stern.
Besides the height, it might have been a successful design if they let the base of the tower stay consistent with the masonry of UTS, but the tower portion should have been more like 480 Riverside Dr. which is a perfectly simplified Gothic style. Definitely a missed opportunity, but it could have been a lot worse. Just look at 400 W. 113th.
I can’t really complain, even the flat, blander east facade has setbacks and variation.