New York is not only known for its world-class landmarks and attractions. Architecture buffs will also see that the Big Apple is also home for magnificent architectural structures. Below are just some of the city’s architectural highlights:
The Lever House
Between 53rd and 54th Sts
Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill’s Architect Gordon Bunshaft, The Lever House is New York’s first curtain wall skyscraper.
It is a seminal glass box following Ludwig Mies van Rohe’s principles of form-follows-function.It stands at 92 meters and features an innovative public space and courtyard.
375 Park Ave.
The 1958-built skyscraper features a steel frame construction with curtain wall. It has bronze exterior columns which makes it an interesting structure in the meticulous eyes of architecture enthusiasts. Its façade is known to have an eloquent structural expression which is considered to be more ornamental rather than literal. The Seagram Building is one fine example of corporate modernism and functionalist aesthetic.
550 Madison Ave.
Towering at 37 storeys, the Sony Building was formerly called the AT&T Building. Completed in 1984, the Philip Johnson-designed structure boasts of a rose-granite façade and a top that has a Chippendale style – making it distinct among its neighboring buildings. Tagged by many critics as among the prime examples of architecture in the post modern age, the Sony Building has challenged the demand of modernism for purely efficient design and stark functionalism.
The angular apartment house built in 1884 was said to have its name after its developer, Edward Clark was teased by his pals for building a structure so far of the city’s north that he might be building one in the Dakotas. Be amazed of the building’s dormers, oriel windows, and gables accents that give it a brooding aura.
New York architecture adds up to the multi-faceted character of the city. It is something that will fascinate not just those keen to architecture but even those who have no architectural background.