SOM in the Press

SOM's Manhattan West Channels Medieval Towers, in a Good Way

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Source: The Real Deal

Recent architecture in New York City has tended to vacillate between the staid and the iconic. Half of the buildings of note in Manhattan aspire to be the sort of tame comfort fare that New Yorkers have been steadily served since the dawn of the post-war era. (With all the requisite updates, of course.) The other half seek, and sometimes find, a gimmick that sets them apart. Examples of both are provided by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the venerable and dependable firm that once defined the cutting edge of the Modernist movement, and that was responsible for seemingly half of everything built in Manhattan from around 1950 to 1975. SOM’s design of Manhattan West — a 5.4 million-square-foot office, residential, and hotel development planned for Ninth Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets — is an example of the latter, given the idiosyncratic way in which the project’s two structures interact.

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