The garage also kills any vibrancy in that area.
Honestly the 1950 garage isn’t too bad IMO. It at least tries to fit with the neighborhood and kinda tries to look okay.
The 1968 garage on the other hand absolutely disgusts me. I want to see it gone. It’s only grace is the tribute in light which in no way directly relates…
This is going up fast!
What’s the cladding material there, Tectonic? In the renderings, the base looked to be a stone, but this looks different (and less attractive to my eyes sadly).
Whatever it is, it looks lame. I was hoping for higher quality on the base. Hopefully the glass tower above will look more impressive.
FX Fowle has been churning out budget-looking designs recently. They’ve only been a step above Peter Poon lately tbh. They’re designing the new tower on Broadway too, which isn’t a far walk away.
And let’s not talk about the current iteration of 3 Hudson Boulevard…
What a great, and timely, photo by Tectonic: we have been waiting for some time now to see this all important ‘cladding’ phase to begin. The ‘curtain wall’ , the ‘facade’, the cladding; whatever the trade jargon may be - it is a major component to the overall aesthetic of the architectural design. That being said: this looks like a cheep, low quality curtain wall.
My guess, just looking at the photo, that they are thin sheetmetal panels with rigid framing supports directly behind to give them some structural rigidity. Think of your refrigerator, or oven door: that sort of panel - that is what I am guessing this is basically the material composition of that facade.
The building will look nice enough design wise: but this is a detriment to the architectural integrity
as a whole. A detriment that only a minority of observers will notice: so thats why they can pull a VE move like this - they know the masses are, UH, uninformed. HeHe