Message - Re: ArchWeek - Apartments outside the Box

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Posted by  Christian P. Weiss on October 18, 2002 at 00:43:59:

In Reply to:  ArchWeek - Apartments outside the Box posted by Kevin Matthews on October 16, 2002 at 20:02:16:

Interesting article! Good that you're getting published, Pete.
Nice architecure there, I have to say on my way down from Yorkville, from 88th St.,on the bus, when I was living there in 1999, i often had to sadly admit that the newer residential buildings looked really drab. i'm not talking about the elder ones, concrete and brick in a "brut" sense had and has some charm,(think corbusier or the hamburg "Chile-Haus") but not when it dates post sixties. I always put it off as the alternative must be to expensive or the people in charge too narrow-minded (probably more the latter).

Now Richard Meier's, this synthesis of glass, metal and concrete, the play of void and fulls, transparent and opaque, really nice. It reminds me of office buildings here in Europe (Office building here are not the kaneer-plated mirror-glass boxes like in the states), he actually has one just like this new residential, in Basle, Switzerland, just that its an office.

Yet buildings always look nice when they`re fresh.
Have you ever seen Kazuyo Sejima's buildings. She's an Japanese architect and glass fetishist. Well, in the magazines it all looks so great. Try 3 years later, all rustin', the glass dirty and milky from stress loads, believe me, i've seen it! A friend of mine was an intern there.
This building will also change a lot, before aging, every tenant will decorated it to his "gusto". Try imagining the architects nightmare, CURTAINS!!! ya remember what my dear Corbusier thought of those, laundry-day in Naples, is all i say.
I be expecting more like it next time i visit NYC.

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