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architect Minoru Yamasaki Church to W est Streets, location Liberty to Vesey Streets 1966-70 (Destroyed 2001). style International Style II construction type Office Building date
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Shreve, Lamb & architect Harmon, William F. Lamb as chief designer 350 Fifth Ave., bet. W 33 location and W 34 date 1930-1931 style Art Deco Steel frame 102 floors, 1252 feet, 381 meters high. Effective use of setbacks to emphasize
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and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. In 2007. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. the Empire State Building became for the second time. New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.500 windows. 319. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. 29961 tons of
http://www. with spandrels sandblasted to construction blend their tone to that of the windows.
architect William Van Alen 405 Lexington Avenue at location nd 42 Street date 1928-1930 style Art Deco 77 floors. There are in all 6. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. visually creating the vertical striping on the facade. The windows and spandrels are also flush with the limestone facing. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
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Click here for an Empire State Building gallery The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City.Top Ten New York Architecture.htm
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America’s Favorite Architecture Use of images. The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972.
The building is clad in Indiana limestone and granite.5m (1048 feet) high. with the mullions lined in shiny aluminium.Skyscrapers
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tower. an aesthetic and economic decision. The building is owned by Harold Helmsley's company and managed by its management/leasing division Helmsley-Spear. the tallest building in New York City.
com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. The eccentric crescent-shaped steps of the spire (spire scaffolding) were made of stainless steel (or rather. and underneath it steel gargoyles.000
The building is clad in white brick and dark gray brickwork is used as horizontal decoration to enhance the window rows.000. stare over the city. 3. The three storeys high. blue marble and steel in Art Deco compositions. along with construction ornaments of car wheels.htm
. with entrances from three sides. depicting American eagles (image). Lexington Avenue. Cost: $ 20. near 5000 windows. upwards tapering entrance lobby has a triangular form.nyc-architecture. similar nirosta chrome-nickel steel) as a stylized sunburst motif. The lobby is lavishly decorated with Red Moroccan marble walls.
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architect Associated Architects 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The lobby was refurbished in 1978 by JCS Design Assocs. th st location West 48 to 51 Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues date 1931-1933 style Art Deco
http://www.and of course the building itself and its builders at work. Sculptures modeled after Chrysler automobile radiator caps (image) decorate the lower setbacks. painted by Edward Trumbull. 42nd and 43rd Streets. sienna-coloured floor and onyx. The ceiling murals.Top Ten New York Architecture.Skyscrapers
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steel. praise the modernday technical progress -.000 bricks.826. and Joseph Pell Lombardi. bet W 50 and W51.
it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. and an international symbol of modernist architectural style blended with capitalism.Skyscrapers
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Steel frame with limestone cladding type Office Building see also GE Building.5 m. The building is sometimes referred to as 30 Rock. with limestone and granite lower floors.
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http://www. spanning between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. a reference to its address at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Known as the RCA Building until 1988.htm
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architect Cass Gilbert location 233 Broadway date 1911-1913 style Neo-Gothic. 241 meters
Rising from a 27-storey base. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. It was to be the tallest building in the world for 17 years.Top Ten New York Architecture. the tower is clad in white terra-cotta and construction capped with an elaborate setback Gothic top. The GE Building is an Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. At 850 feet (259 meters) tall.nyc-architecture. the 70-story building is the 8th tallest building in New York City and the 32nd tallest in the United States. it is famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. Art Deco Height: 792 feet. Built by the Rockefeller family. until the completion of the 40 Wall Street. It is the largest privately held complex of its kind in the world. with the spire rising to the height of 241.
overall composition by Le Corbusier United Nations Plaza location (First Avenue bet.Skyscrapers
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United Nations Headquarters
United Nations Board of Design. 42nd and 48th Streets) date 1947-53 style International Style II New York's earliest construction glass curtain wall.Top Ten New York Architecture.nyc-architecture. 38 stories or 544 feet tall type Office Building
. headed by architect Wallace K.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. Harrison.
pursued to unprecedented Miesian accuracy. Between the windows. Van der Rohe personally stated that this was his only building in the United States which met exactly his European standards. The building was.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. the first with floor-to-ceiling windows. Gordon architect Bunshaft as chief designer location 390 Park Ave. Set on bronze-clad pillars. Philip Johnson architect (interiors) and Kahn & Jacobs location 375 Park Ave. the 38-storey facade consists of alternating bands of bronze plating and "whisky brown"tinted glass (the material and colour choices were a result of Bronfman's insistance of having a warmer-toned facade than in the Lake construction Shore Drive Apts).htm
. Owings & Merrill LLP. (at 53rd
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Skidmore. making the wall a true curtain of glass. there are vertical decorative bronze I-profiled beams attached to the mullions to emphasize the vertical rise of the facade. like Mies himself.nyc-architecture.Skyscrapers
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. forming the protruding. as foreseen by the visionaries of Modern Movement. windowless back wall of the tower.Top Ten New York Architecture. notably. (at 53rd
date 1958 style International Style II
The plan of the building is based on a 8.
giving the office premises an unprecedented amount of light and air.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS.
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architect Raymond Hood with Godley & Fouilhoux 330 W 42. with the wider portion of the tower slab facing south. The tower is set back 30 m from the south building line and 13 m from the north.htm
. accessible from the employee cafeteria at the construction base of the tower. Bet. fixed-windowed office building in NYC. Eighth location and Ninth Aves. it was nevertheless usually taken with enthusiasm as a pioneer of the new style. date 1930-1931 Art Deco Streamline style Moderne International Style I
The entrance sports dynamic Art Deco decor. house technical installations and machinery. whereas the 35-storey facade itself is
http://www.nyc-architecture. The top three floors. distinguishable on the facade. It was also the first fully climatecontrolled. The vertical main mass of the building raises on columns from the base and is positioned at right angles to Park Avenue. The top of the low horizontal base also functions as an outside "elevated" plaza. Although the building was also criticized for its appearance amidst the old masonry apartment houses.Skyscrapers
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style International Style II
This 24-storey building replaced the heavy (and heavy-looking as well) masonry walls of the contemporary skyscrapers with mere green-tinted glass curtains and stainless steel sheathing.Top Ten New York Architecture.
The more decorative top of the building. The use of horizontal bands of windows -.72 floors steel structure
http://www.and disposing of the traditional masonry construction walls in favour of totally using the advantages of steel frame -.000sq. / 1. with glazed tiling (blue-green coloured terra-cotta brick that grades in hue as the building rises) between horizontal stripes of large.
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H.141sq. with office floors occupying the tower above and executive floors at the top. giving an unprecedented amount of light.nyc-architecture.Top Ten New York Architecture. ft. & Eken Clients/Developers:Bank of Manhattan Trust Company 40 W all Street between location William and Broad Streets date 1930 style Art Deco 281. is again less strict. green metal-framed windows.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS.8m / construction 927. The lobby of the building is decorated with opaque Carrera glass and stainless steel.0ft.300. Craig Severance & Yasuo Matsui.was dictated by the need to secure as much natural light as possible.Skyscrapers
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non-ornamented. The form of the building also follows the usage of its interior. with the lower floors housing the company's printing plant. with the name of the company displayed in large Art Deco letters.htm
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and the architects remarked that they wanted to make the building "a model for the tall.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS." And it was regarded as such for the next decade of feverish urban construction. On the side facaces.Top Ten New York Architecture. as well as to a recessed mid-facade lightwell on the east facade.English this time.htm
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limestone type Office Building
THE BUSH TOWER
architect Helmle & Corbett location 130 W 42nd St date 1916-1918 style Art Deco Gothic
The building site is only 15 m wide and 27. The style of the building follows the "traditional" early construction skyscraper style with its Gothic appearance -. trompe l'oeil brickwork creates vertical "ribs" with a fake "shade" pattern to enhance the verticality. The windows are concentrated to the north and south facades.
type Office Building
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Harvey Wiley Corbett accurately foresaw how architects would respond to the new setback envelope presented by the code.
American International Building
Clinton & Russell and Holton & George location 70 Pine St.Skyscrapers
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THE NARROW 32-story Bush Tower was the first skyscraper built after the Zoning Code of 1916.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. Nonetheless.nyc-architecture. construction 66 floors type Office Building architect
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. date 1930-1932 style Art Deco Height: 952 ft (290 m).
tower 2004. date 1928.Top Ten New York Architecture. tower Late style Modern construction stone type Office Building architect
Time Warner Center
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Hearst Magazine Building
Joseph Urban. Art Moderne. tower Sir Norman Foster 951-969 Eighth Ave at location W47.
and a topping-out ceremony was held on February 27. CNN's Jeanne Moos. by David Childs and Mustafa Kemal Abadan of Skidmore.htm
. Construction began in November 2000. The complex is also home to a 1.Top Ten New York Architecture. consists of two 229 m (750 ft) towers bridged by a multi-story atrium containing upscale retail shops.nyc-architecture. with a large Whole Foods Market grocery store in the basement. 2003.
Sloan & Robertson (René Chambellan and architect Jacques L.8 million ft²) is divided between offices (notably the offices of Time Warner Inc. Delamarre for the lobby and the ornementation) 122 East 42nd
http://www. Its design. Jazz at Lincoln Center announced a partnership with XM Satellite Radio which gave XM studio space at Frederick P. It is the property with the highest-listed market value in New York City. Owings & Merrill LLP location 10 Columbus Circle date 2003 Late Modern style (International Style III) Height: 750 ft (229 m) construction Floors over ground: 55 type Office Building architect
The Time Warner Center is a mixed-use skyscraper developed by The Related Companies in New York City. residential condominiums. known for her offbeat "man on the street" reporting. from where Anderson Cooper 360° and Lou Dobbs Tonight. and the Mandarin Oriental hotel. In 2005. frequently accosts her interview subjects just outside the building.200 seat theater for Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as CNN studios. Originally constructed as the "AOL Time Warner Center. following the demolition of the New York Coliseum. $1. The total floor area of 260. are broadcast live. among other shows.000 m² (2.Skyscrapers
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Skidmore. The Shops at Columbus Circle is an upscale shopping mall located in a curving arcade at the base of the building.1 billion in 2006. Owings & Merrill. Rose Hall to broadcast both daily jazz programming and special events such as an Aartist Confidential show featuring Carlos Santana." the building surrounds half of Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan.).com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS.
 Having been surpassed in height by a number of buildings.000 The steel frame is clad in buff brick and terra cotta and it is set back in conformance with the 1916 Zoning Law. Belgian marble and terracotta are used here in an inventive and exuberant way. most notably.3 metres/680 feet including spire). reaching 197. the 50th floor had a silver-and-black high-brow movie theater. 56 floors. the Chrysler Building located across the street.000. It was designed by Sloan & Robertson in the Art Deco style. at location Broadway date 1931 style Art Deco construction limestone type Bank architect
http://www.Top Ten New York Architecture. Built by Irwin S. This floor and the 51st are now offices joined by a stairwell instead. it is 56 stories high. 207m (680 feet) high. stone and metal on the exterior of tall buildings. the building had an open air observatory on the 54th floor.
One Wall Street
Voorhees.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS.nyc-architecture.  and incorporates architectural sculpture by Rene Paul Chambellan.
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The Chanin Building is a skyscraper located at 122 East 42nd Street in New York City. The construction facade illustrates the introduction of colored glass.8 metres excluding the spire (207. Materials such as bronze. Chanin in 1929. Gmelin & Walker One Wall Street. Initially a dominant landmark in the midtown skyline.Skyscrapers
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Street (southwest location corner of Lexington Avenue) date 1927-1929 style Art Deco
. Cost: $14. the observatory has been long closed. When originally completed.
René Chambellan. The building's pointed windows echo the Gothic details of Trinity Church across the street.Top Ten New York Architecture.htm
. with the upper facade clad in light brown brick. The wall on the slightly
architect the Majestic was developed
by Irwin S. The designer from Chanin's namesake building.S. The main mass below the setbacks and towers has columnless corners which form glazed solariums within the corner apartments.Skyscrapers
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In contrast to the American Surety Building. in the 1920s and 1930s. This set back skyscraper is modeled as if it was chiselled out of a single piece of stone and it is a good example of the Art Deco style popular in the U. Chanin (who was also behind the Chanin Building in Midtown). designed the patterned construction brickwork of the facade. and its Art Deco interior is one of the finest in New York City. the design of the Irving Trust building has an insistent verticality which emphasizes its tall form.
Like the Century Apartments. where height is minimized by the subdivision of its facade.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS.nyc-architecture.
location 115 Central Park West date 1930-1931 style Art Deco
The base is of limestone.
On the west side.7 m (337 feet) high
The black brickwork on the facade was chosen to lessen the visual contrast between the walls and the windows and thus give the tower an effect construction of solidity and massiveness. symbolizing the transformation of matter into
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protruding tower facades extends as piers to the top to form riblike protrusions. 23 stories.
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American Standard (Radiator) Building
architect Raymond Hood & André Fouilhoux 40 W est 40th Street (between 5th and 6th location Avenues.htm
. tops of true Art Deco nature. The base is clad in bronze plating and black granite.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. south of Bryant Park) date 1923-1924 style Art Deco. 102. The Gothic-style pinnacles and the terra-cotta friezes on the edges of the setbacks are coated with gold. neo-gothic Steel frame.Top Ten New York Architecture.
At night this "crown" of the building is illuminated from within. depicting the electricity of radio transmission waves sent by the Radio Corporation of America. United States.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. The undoubtedly most striking feature of this 195 m tall building is its. The lamp fixtures are of aquamarine-colored glass.
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The General Electric Building is a historic 50floor skyscraper in Midtown New York City.
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General Electric Building
architect Cross & Cross 570 Lexington Avenue at location st 51 St. The entrance lobby is decorated with black marble and mirrors. a curious mixture of Gothic spires in limestone and brickwork with construction wavy. and sometimes known by its address to avoid confusion with the later GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center.Skyscrapers
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The base is of rose-coloured granite. 50 floors salmon brick. Originally known as the "RCA Victor Building" when designed by Cross and Cross in 1931. indeed.Top Ten New York Architecture. filigree style decoration and lightning bolt motifs.htm
. at 570 Lexington Avenue (southwest corner of Lexington and 51st Street). making the top look like a giant torch.0ft. flamboyant top. quite appropriate for a heater company. while the set-back mass above and the tower shaft are clad in glazed tan brick. date 1929-1931 style Art Deco 194.
. which has given the building its nickname. between location East 53rd and East 54th Streets date 1986 style Post-Modernism
The 143 m tall building consists of four oval-shaped cylinders placed above each other. architectural figural sculpture.Top Ten New York Architecture. The elliptical shape also claims to make all the exterior offices "corner" offices.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. to make the building stand out and compensate for the less fashionable location of Third Avenue.
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It backs up to the low Byzantine dome of St. On the 36storey facade. This time the unusual shape. and at on the corner above the main entrance. and is lit from within at night.
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The Lipstick Building is Johnson's second postmodern contribution to the Manhattan skyline. creating the building a setback appearance.
885 Third Ave Lipstick Building
architect Philip Johnson & John Burgee 885 Third Ave. The base contains elaborate. generous masonry. following his nearby AT&T Building two years earlier. red granite spandrels alternate with the construction shiny steel of horizontal window bands. forming a narrow arcade there.. each smaller in diameter than the one below.nyc-architecture. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue and shares the same salmon brick color. and the columns double on the outside. was a requirement of the developer. a classic Art Deco visual statement of suggested power through simplification. the building is an insistently tall 50floor stylized Gothic tower with its own identity. a conspicuous corner clock with the curvy GE logo and a pair of silver disembodied forearms.
. there are three tiered drums on top
http://www. The mid-part of the 34-storey tripartite facade is a Uconstruction shaped mass of austere lighttoned granite over a high colonnade that forms the building's base and separates a front yard from the sidewalk.nyc-architecture. Civic Duty. Civic Pride and Prudence. Emblems of municipal departments adorn panels between the second floor windows. The top facade forms a colonnade of Corinthian columns and pilasters. ft. McKim Mead and White interpreted New York City's greatest civic skyscraper in an eclectic fashion incorporating elements from from Roman Imperial.070sq. Above the ground floor colonnade.Top Ten New York Architecture.
60. Italian Renaissance and French Renaissance architecture. / 650. sculptural reliefs emphasize civic virtues: Progress. The tripartite style facade organization echoes that of a classical column. 169. above the middle section of the building. lightcolored Maine granite
The design was influenced by the "City Beautiful" movement of the 1890s which promoted plans for creating public buildings in landscaped parks.9m / 559.000sq.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. Mead & W hite. On the top.htm
. architect William M. 40 floors. date 1914 Roman Imperial.0ft. An arcaded loggia forms a triumphal arch marking the terminal point of Chambers Street. Kendall as chief designer location 1 Centre St. Renaissance Revival
Basing the design on their competition entry for Grand Central Station. m. Guidance and Executive Power.Skyscrapers
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nyc-architecture. The statue holds a crown with five turrets. Weinman.Skyscrapers
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of another. New York City's second largest statue after the Statue of Liberty. symbolizing the four boroughs joined to Manhattan. At the height of 177 m stands the 6 m high statue Civic Fame by Adolph A.htm
.com/TEN/TEN-SKYSCRAPERS. flanked by four smaller pinnacle turrets.Top Ten New York Architecture. symbolizing New York City's five boroughs
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