Thursday, December 17, 2009
The timing may not be great, but the building looks great! On 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, an oft neglected, somewhat rundown stretch of Fifth, rises the 57 Story Setai Hotel and Condo. This Gwathmey Siegel product really perks up the area with interesting architecture that includes "expressed" facade with billowy windows that form a pattern that nods to Art Deco landmarks in the nearby area, a stainless steel crown, and a masculine limestone base. The angles of the windows and abundant use of stainless steel give the building a reflective shimmer which exudes energy and life. If you are in the area make sure to have a look.
There is a fantastic thread on Wired NY with 28 pages of pics and commentary:
400 Fifth Avenue @ 36th Street (Wired NY)