Posted by Greg G. on October 17, 2002 at 11:25:43:
In Reply to: ArchWeek - Apartments outside the Box posted by Kevin Matthews on October 16, 2002 at 20:02:16:
I agree that we are indeed seeing a trend towards buildings with inspired facades that intrigue passers-by. Each of the projects referenced by Mr. Gaito share a common thread, a façade that is not merely a foil or glass wrapper such as a candy bar might have but a truly integrated element. In a well-designed building these are as much form as function enhancing the structure and perhaps adding a bit of mystery. It is this sense of mystery that draws us in and makes us wonder how the internals are laid out, and on a more basic level, what the view is like from within. As a New Yorker I for one welcome the “trend” of better looking building that incorporate a sense of style both inside and out. For a while there it was as though the city had lost its way- new construction all too often consisted of solid glass facades extending from sidewalk to rooftop, uninspiring to say the least. I hope we see more insightful articles like Mr. Gaito’s which bring attention to the those projects that are indeed enhancing our city’s streets and skyline.
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