Noticias de Arquitectura

Koolhaas designs ‘peek-a-boo’ building for New York skyline
septiembre 21, 2008, 4:22 am
Filed under: Koolhaas

Posted by Kevin Brass in Lots Of Zeros, News, General

Bird’s Nest designers Herzog and de Meuron are not the only A-list European architects unveiling plans for towers in New York City these days. Plans were recently released for a new residential tower designed by Dutch master Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which is creating compelling, thought provoking designs for cities around the world.

The project, 23 East 22nd Street, is tucked behind an existing tower, One Madison Park, creating a unique challenge. The result is “a form that steps out from behind, in a peek-a-boo shape that recalls his 1978 book, “Delirious New York,” in which skyscrapers do a tango,” the New York Times reports. Units in the building will range from a $7 million studio to a $50 million penthouse (about €4.9 million to €35 million).

The New York Sun dubbed it the “Peek-a-boo Building,” and took hyperbole a step further by also calling it the Lou Costello of towers. “Peeking out from behind the back of the taller building, it will deliver the impish and subversive laugh lines, while the taller building, the grown-up straight man in the equation, will preserve its unflappable rectilinear integrity,” the Sun said.

Koolhaas’ contribution—his first tower in New York—is part of a recent flood of top architects reshaping the New York skyline, as chronicled by a recent Financial Times article. “Every big figure from contemporary architecture is building there now, and building big,” the article notes.


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