In this week’s comments update, readers are debating CetraRuddy’s art deco skyscraper topped with a “sculpted crown” in New York and other top stories.
Architecture studio CetraRuddy has created a skyscraper informed by New York’s Rockefeller Center with a chevron-patterned facade that pays homage to the surrounding art deco buildings.
It is located around 20 blocks south of the Rockefeller Center, a complex of buildings in Midtown Manhattan that includes 14 original buildings in the early-20th century art deco style.
“Not especially Art Deco to my eyes, but I love the crenellations”
Readers are discussing whether the building can be seen as art deco or not. “This is to Art Deco what Las Vegas is to the Paris Tour Eiffel, Venice Ponte Rialto, Como Bellaggio, Gizeh Pyramids, etc.,” said Sheets.
“The new building barely pays ‘lip service’ to the tenets of Art Deco,” agreed Walter Astor. “And this tower is not alone in trying to boost its cache by loosely referencing a period of greater architectural distinction than the one we live in now.”
“Not especially Art Deco to my eyes, but I love the crenellations,” added Mr J. “Would also do quite nicely as a Batman HQ.”
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“Little ovens – it can become extremely hot in the Californian sun”
Readers aren’t sold on Lehrer Architects’ tiny home village providing temporary shelter for Los Angeles homeless.
“This type of development must be built in areas where walking to everything is possible but this will never happen in the US because people are not the focus,” said Ken Steffes.
Suebee agreed: “Props for taking action to provide housing, but how do homeless individuals get to and from what appears to be an island in the middle of an industrial area? This still puts them on the very margins of society.”
“Little ovens – it can become extremely hot in the Californian sun,” continued Muriel Brugman. “Why didn’t they put solar panels on the tiny houses?”
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“Come on guys, I think you’re too negative about this tower,” says reader
Commenters have mixed feelings about the UK government’s decision to reject Foster + Partner’s Tulip tower, which would have served as a viewing platform in central London.
“Not that I’d ever endorse governments having to have a say in architectural design, but this has to go for millions of other reasons,” said Arhmatic. “It would make a good focal point in Disneyland.”
“Thank god for this decision… It was close”, continued Cezary Marek.
“Come on guys, I think you’re too negative about this tower,” responded Apsco Radiales. “Be a little bit more adventurous and free-spirited.”
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Commenters call Herzog & de Meuron museum “new Apple Shop in Memphis”
Readers are not impressed with Herzog & de Meuron’s design proposal for an art museum overlooking the Mississippi River.
“The entrance and lobby are painful and those courtyards look lifeless,” said Archi. “Not sure how this speaks to Memphis at all. At the end of the day, they usually pull off greatness so maybe I should wait until it’s finished.”
“New Apple Shop in Memphis?” asked commenter Apple Shop in Memphis by HdeM.
“Why is that courtyard so barren and has so little visual connection from it to the interior of the building,” asked JZ.
“It’s not really a design, is it? It’s just some rather amateurish renders,” said AlfredHitchcock.
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