400 Park Avenue South has topped-out; the tower, which is being developed by Toll Brothers City Living, is now at its 42-story pinnacle.
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, the building is a stellar example of contemporary architecture, and integrates well into its pre-war surroundings; despite the dramatic contrast in design, 400 Park Avenue South maintains a hefty street-wall presence, while simultaneously soaring into the sky.
The varied ‘layers’ of the tower echo the ‘wedding-cake’ skyscrapers of pre-war Manhattan, though the intricacies of 400 Park Avenue South’s glass curtain wall – and its significantly more modern profile – provide obvious distinction. The vertical profile of Portzamparc’s creation offers a lesson in elegance that other architects would be wise to follow.
While the superstructure has reached the roof, cladding is still rising – and it has a long ways to go before wrapping around the entire structure. Already, the varied angles of the tower’s glass shatter any complete reflections, resulting in a funhouse-style appearance of the crystalline skyscraper.
Completion of 400 Park Avenue South is expected in 2014.
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