Building of the Day: 100 East 53rd Street

10/20/2018 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
New YorkNY 

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This 61-storey residential tower at 100 East 53rd Street continues the practice’s investigations into the nature of the tall building in New York, exploring the dynamic between the city and its skyline. Located on the corner of Lexington and 53rd Street, it replaces the old YWCA building in Midtown Manhattan. Formally, it responds to the precedent set by two neighboring twentieth-century Modernist icons: SOM’s 21-story Lever House of 1952 and Mies van der Rohe’s 38-story Seagram Building of 1958. In the spirit of Mies’s philosophy of rationality, simplicity, and clarity, the tower has a slender, minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbors.

Architect: Foster + Partners

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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