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RandySavage Jan 27, 2009 9:59 PM

What it may have looked like at night from ESB....
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3356/...36025d18_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/...9b1e2890_o.jpg

Base photo by RFCGraphics: www.rfcgraphics.com

RandySavage Jan 28, 2009 3:44 AM

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3134/...c0e10a21_o.jpg

America 117 Jan 28, 2009 3:59 AM

It looks nice and all, but the empire state building still blows it out of the water.

RandySavage Jan 28, 2009 4:35 AM

^I disagree. MetLifeNorth has it all: graceful yet complex lines, individually framed windows, beautiful white limestone facade, art deco engravings, marble domes, incredible lobby, visual strength, attractive terraces... it's the Rolls Royce of skyscrapers. Had it been built to full height, it would easily be as beloved as the ESB... probably moreso.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/...g?v=1220760850
http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~history/am...tlifenorth.jpg

TANGELD_SLC Jan 28, 2009 7:41 AM

Can't They... just... FINISH IT??!! please please please :)

Austin55 Jan 28, 2009 7:44 AM

This building is so beautiful.

StarScraperCity Jan 29, 2009 12:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TANGELD_SLC (Post 4053104)
Can't They... just... FINISH IT??!! please please please :)

They could. Will they however? Probably not. :(

Duffstuff129 Feb 3, 2009 8:08 PM

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Originally Posted by StarScraperCity (Post 4054545)
They could. Will they however? Probably not. :(

[optimism]Actually, if tons of office space was needed and the developer creating it wasn't a egotistical maniac (i.e. he didn't care if the building was designed 80 years ago, and was fine finishing someone else's work) I think it's actually pretty possible that it could be finished.

Foundation work and the stuff at ground level is what takes up the most time, and after that everything goes pretty quickly. So having a nice little stub to work on would probably be a dream for most developers.

Also, there are no open lots left in Manhattan so demolition or building on top of something is the only option now. And think: What's cheaper, destroying an old building, reworking the foundations, and starting at basement level one? Or simply starting on the 30th floor?

So all of you NewYorkoArtDeco-philes shouldn't get your hopes too down in the gutters.

Who knows what'll happen? :fingerscrossed:[/optimism]

scalziand Feb 3, 2009 8:23 PM

^^and we've seen that some developers are willing to faithfully reproduce older designs. Wasn't 15 CPW modeled on an older building?

Duffstuff129 Feb 3, 2009 9:01 PM

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Originally Posted by scalziand (Post 4065349)
^^and we've seen that some developers are willing to faithfully reproduce older designs. ...

Also take into account that the developer could dramatically change the design, making it no match the base, such as in the case of the proposed building next to the MetLife tower. :tup:

RandySavage Feb 5, 2009 6:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Duffstuff129 (Post 4065440)
the proposed building next to the MetLife tower. :tup:

And she joins the party...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/...1d3a510e_b.jpg
Pre-altered Photo by RFCGraphics.com

Wrightguy0 Feb 5, 2009 3:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duffstuff129 (Post 4065303)
[optimism]Actually, if tons of office space was needed and the developer creating it wasn't a egotistical maniac (i.e. he didn't care if the building was designed 80 years ago, and was fine finishing someone else's work) I think it's actually pretty possible that it could be finished.

Foundation work and the stuff at ground level is what takes up the most time, and after that everything goes pretty quickly. So having a nice little stub to work on would probably be a dream for most developers.

Also, there are no open lots left in Manhattan so demolition or building on top of something is the only option now. And think: What's cheaper, destroying an old building, reworking the foundations, and starting at basement level one? Or simply starting on the 30th floor?

So all of you NewYorkoArtDeco-philes shouldn't get your hopes too down in the gutters.

Who knows what'll happen? :fingerscrossed:[/optimism]

The foundation was built to take the weight 110 floors, so :fingerscrossed:

texcolo Feb 5, 2009 4:51 PM

This would be an interesting building to add a modern tower to the top of it... like Norman Foster's tower at the old Hearst Building.

NYguy Mar 27, 2009 6:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RandySavage (Post 4051929)
What it may have looked like at night from ESB....
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3356/...36025d18_o.jpg
Base photo by RFCGraphics: www.rfcgraphics.com

Would have been epic...

Swede Mar 28, 2009 11:41 AM

:slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob:

JDRCRASH Apr 2, 2009 6:20 PM

I love this tower. Too bad it was never completed.:(

NYguy Apr 3, 2009 4:09 PM

A more fitting mountain for King Kong to climb...

Aleks Apr 4, 2009 7:42 AM

Hmm... I don't really like this tower for some reason.

JDRCRASH Apr 4, 2009 8:25 AM

^ Could it be that it completely engulfs the Metlife tower looking southwest? Now as far as height is concerned, I would go on a limb and say that I think the original proposal may have been a little too tall. Maybe shave off 150 ft and it would look absolutely perfect.

In terms of some comparing it to ESB...are you actually serious? Then again, ESB's my favorite skyscraper in the world, simply because it's so beautiful and legendary...

Aleks Apr 4, 2009 9:11 AM

Well now that you mention it, I really don't like that it blocks off views of the MetLife Tower. I really love MetLife and it would've been a shame to see it dwarfed by this giant!

But besides blocking off other buildings, this thing is just too large. The way the setbacks were arranged was completely random and just makes this building look like a giant cliff. It's not as graceful and well organized as the ESB. It's also too big and bulky.

The way it is now is just perfect and it could not be any better. Even if they began construction on the original plan...


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