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NYguy Feb 26, 2019 7:11 PM




patriotizzy Feb 27, 2019 5:08 PM

I love this building. Looks like something the ancient Greeks would have built, had they come up with high-rises.

vandelay Feb 27, 2019 5:34 PM

What exactly about this tower says "ancient Greeks?"

RobEss Feb 28, 2019 2:08 AM


Originally Posted by vandelay (Post 8489235)
What exactly about this tower says "ancient Greeks?"

Mycenaean, Minoan and other proto-Greek Mediterranean cultures are famous for pioneering the use of corbel arches - they're often credited with inventing the 'true arch'.

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patriotizzy Feb 28, 2019 8:31 PM


Originally Posted by vandelay (Post 8489235)
What exactly about this tower says "ancient Greeks?"

I don't know, I am not a historical archivist. Simply the first idea that came to my mind to describe the vibe I felt.

^^^ But yes, mostly due to the archs, which as the friendly user above me has described, they pioneered.

chris08876 Mar 19, 2019 1:24 PM

DDG’s Gaudi-Inspired 180 East 88th Street Gets Its Curtain Wall On The Upper East Side


The exterior curtain wall at 180 East 88th Street is making substantial progress as it swiftly encloses the 31-story reinforced concrete structure. The tower is now the tallest skyscraper on the Upper East Side above 72nd Street, with design by DDG. HTO Architects is serving as the architect of record, and Petersen Tegl, a Denmark-based firm, is in charge of the Kolumba masonry brick facade. The property will yield around 130,000 square feet of residential space when complete, averaging over 2,700 square feet per unit. There will be 52,000 square feet of communal facilities on the lower floors, and the remaining 1,100 square feet will be dedicated to commercial use.

Recent photos from Tectonic show the tower’s exterior and the masonry bricks wrapping between the windows and double-height arches.


The building’s envelope is adorned with the large, open-air arches that draw inspiration from the Spanish architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Views of Midtown and Billionaire’s Row are easily seen from the upper floors, along with views of Central Park and the sunsets behind the Manhattan skyline.

Amenities for 180 East 88th Street will include a partial basketball court, an indoor soccer pitch, a children’s playroom, a fitness center, residential lounges, and tenant wine storage.

180 East 88th Street is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Credit: NYY and Tectonic (Photo)

chris08876 Apr 12, 2019 3:16 AM
Credit: JC_Heights

chris08876 May 27, 2019 5:39 AM
Credit: Tectonic

RobEss May 27, 2019 12:13 PM

That mechanical tower....


patriotizzy May 28, 2019 4:44 PM


Originally Posted by RobEss (Post 8585496)
That mechanical tower....


Every other building in the shot has the same roof tower. It's part of a skyscraper. Not a big deal.

chris08876 May 28, 2019 4:46 PM

Some towers do a better job of masking it than others. If you look at the UES, a lot of towers have water towers at the top, but various architectural elements help to mask it or make it seem like its not even there, but this will vary depending on the tower. Some are obvious, others aren't.

chris08876 Jun 23, 2019 1:39 PM

Center shot, slightly to the left.
Credit: jbtphotography66

Busy Bee Jun 23, 2019 2:41 PM

Thanks for telling us, I was having trouble :P

chris08876 Sep 13, 2019 7:41 PM
DSC03731 by ofhklnve60, on Flickr

chris08876 Sep 20, 2019 2:56 AM
Credit: Michael Young

patriotizzy Sep 20, 2019 3:35 PM

This simple tower is elegant and eye-pleasing. Not sure why though, maybe it's because it's not a dull, cold glass facade? I guess any new development that dares to use earthy materials instantly becomes attractive to my tired eyes. By tired I mean tired of seeing glass facades ruining street walls. Also, arches need to be used more. They are doing wonders to add interest to the facade (ala 130 Williams)

chris08876 Nov 30, 2019 9:03 PM
Credit: JC_Heights

Boerumer Nov 30, 2019 10:17 PM

Design-mind Dec 1, 2019 4:48 AM

I am hoping that the the gold window trim comes out more. From the photos I have seen it looks more like a dull grey. IMHO I think this is what makes the facade pop in the renderings.

JMKeynes Dec 1, 2019 4:17 PM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 8686445)

The new tower is gorgeous, but I hate those heinous white brick boxes that infest the east side like a horde of vile vermin. In my opinion, those hideous pieces of trash could be dramatically improved by putting in new windows with black divided paines and black metal framing around the windows. Of course, that sadly won't happen, and they will remain horrific eyesores.

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