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Too Short for Billionaire's Row?

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Source: The Real Deal

The new building — designed by Roger Duffy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill — contains 169 luxury rentals on the lower portion of the tower and 95 condos (some in contract for nearly $15 million), starting on the 36th floor.


At the same time, Duffy introduces striking curvilinear elements that bring to mind Art Deco design from the period between World War I and World War II. This can be observed in the three-ringed light carved into the ceiling of the tenants’ lounge and most of all in the brilliant, swirling, pristinely white form that stands, as beautiful as it is illogical, at the center of the entrance to the garage. With this folly, which recalls some of the most exorbitant motifs of the French Rayonnant architecture of the 13th century, the tower will, however, be a positive addition to the luxe Manhattan corridor. And despite the building’s height, it may just deserve the Billionaires’ Row moniker after all.

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