Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
This distinctive black and white tower, completed in 1974 for the Solow Development Corporation, rises 49 stories above one of Midtown Manhattan’s busiest streets. The tower’s north and south elevations gradually slope outward and widen as they approach ground level. This innovative strategy enabled the design to comply with New York City’s strict setback rules, which are intended to break up building massing so that natural light can reach the street.
The 1.4-million-square-foot building features a steel structure with two travertine-clad end walls that contain the structural steel wind-bracing and mechanical systems. The exposed portion of the wind bracing is covered with black duranodic aluminum. The north and south facades are clad in solor bronze glass. Each typical floor is rectangular in plan and has a central service core.