Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Magnificent Midtown and its Amazing Architecture

Architecturally, midtown really is magnificent. There’s always a lot being developed along with a great deal of renovation. For artists, there is the Rockefeller Centre’s incredible “low-relief sculpture, urgent murals, sumptuous bronze, stonework and glass tesserae on a landmark site, bristling with statuary and iconic artwork.” It spans more than 22 acres and has been termed a “city within a city.” Designed by Max Abramovitz, Wallace K Harrison and Raymond Hood, a staggering 40,000 individuals were employed to work on the construction. Other developments that have been occurring over the last few years, include the happening at the Williamsburg waterfront. Being the first part of the larger Domino megaproject, this 325 Kent Avenue building was just revealed last summer. And of course the new centerpiece of Hudson Yards – the Vessel structure – which has finally reached its full height (featuring 80 landings and 154 staircases). Designed by Brit Thomas Heatherwick, it was constructed over a train depot on the West side and will eventually be surrounded by gardens and a public plaza.

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