View Poll Results: Should 2 Columbus Circle be preserved?

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Thread: 2 Columbus Circle Redesign - Orginal: Edward Durell Stone - Redesign: Brad Cloepfil

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    2 Columbus Circle is a weird building. It became vacant two times, 1975 and again in 1998. It's original desogn looked like it had no windows.

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    The tiles with their iridescent glaze ...




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    It really does look like suburban aluminum siding. Is that really what it is going to be covered in?

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    This would have been a cool place for another residential I think.

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    As odd a design as it is, it will definitely be nice to have a 2 Columbus Circle that isn't abandoned and decrepit anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim856796 View Post
    2 Columbus Circle is a weird building. It became vacant two times, 1975 and again in 1998. It's original desogn looked like it had no windows.
    You don't hear too many complaints about the lack of windows on these other art galleries:















    Granted, there are other art galleries, like the Met, that managed to incorporate graciously scaled windows into their facades, and I acknowledge that Stone's (daring?) design for 2 Columbus was a bit goofy, but I think I made my point: you shouldn't bash a building just for its lack of windows.

    Anyway, I just hope this renovation isn't awful. The renderings weren't too promising. I'm afraid the next generation will be as embarrassed of this iteration as we were of its sixties predecessor. I'll take the awkward but luxuriously crafted marble edifice -with its aesthetic ideas, at least, based in western convention- over this awkward metal-clad grad-school experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhstockton View Post
    I'll take the awkward but luxuriously crafted marble edifice -with its aesthetic ideas, at least, based in western convention- over this awkward metal-clad grad-school experiment.
    Agreed; at least the older version had some significance for the history of architecture --as a pioneering forerunner of post-modernism. Personally I found it quite beautiful; seems to me the reclad version will truly be the eyesore many claimed the original was. Its principal virtue will be the cleanness that comes with being new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhstockton View Post

    ... this awkward metal-clad grad-school experiment.
    "metal-clad"???

    Actually ceramic tile and glass.

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    Makes no difference. Looks like metal. Coulda used metal to get the same look. Coulda saved some bucks. Aw, why don't they hire an architect and start all over?

    Or maybe they could just put back the old facade using fresh marble.

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    Got a good look at it yesterday.

    Think Verizon recladding.

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    Thumbs down

    ^ So there it is taking its stupid shape.

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    The slowest tile job in history

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    Right above the 2nd slowest tile job in history, the 59th street subway station.

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