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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    Did the new designer Cloepfil realize that top of this building shows the letters HI? He's an imbecile.

    This is more than embarrassing. The original had so much character and beautiful *marble* which just needed to be cleaned and taken care of.

    The MAD museum has egg on its face... they are supposed to be a *design* museum? They erased something so uniquely representative of an era... for this??? Ugh

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    You're right, it does say "HI", and now that's all I'll ever see.

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    Design that speaks to you: HI!

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    You guys see "Hi!"

    I see a middle finger.

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    Yuck.

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    I'm seeing an "H" and an "E" below ... is the building calling out for HELP?

    Meanwhile ...

    Wolfe Whiffed on Lollipop Defense

    Architect is still miffed.

    New York Magazine
    By Andrew M. Goldstein
    Apr 7, 2008

    The scaffolding is coming off 2 Columbus Circle — Edward Durell Stone’s “lollipop” building — this month in preparation for its reopening as the Museum of Arts & Design. But architect Brad Cloepfil, who designed the renovation, is still smarting over a pair of Times op-eds Tom Wolfe wrote in 2003 attacking the project.

    “He doesn’t know my work, and he’s never spoken to me,” Cloepfil said at Marianne Boesky’s gallery on March 29. “The building is great. The lollipops are preserved. You can see them through the glass. At night, they’ll be backlit; it’ll be like the ghost of the lollipops.” He’s excited about the new “skin” for the building. “We worked for two years to do a new, iridescent glaze on the tiles,” he said. “In natural light, it changes from purple to gold to blue to white.”

    As for Wolfe, “he’s a brilliant cultural essayist, but not necessarily an architectural critic,” Cloepfil said. “I don’t think of myself as a novelist.” Retorts the writer: “I’d be happy to take him to lunch and welcome him to New York.”

    Copyright © 2008, New York Media Holdings LLC.

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    The lollipops are preserved. You can see them through the glass. At night, they’ll be backlit; it’ll be like the ghost of the lollipops.
    Creepy. He thinks putting them in a glass coffin is OK, when before pedestrians could walk amongst them and weave through them as a living experience instead of squinting to observe their petrified remains cruelly trapped behind glass. It's like some kind of ironic MAD exhibit on how idiotic some "designers" and "architects" (and museum curators) can be.
    They should have been left as an arcade and the design should have been inspired by them instead of trying to conquer them.
    The same for the loggia that used to exist at the top. Now we have that dark band of windows that looks like Darth Vader's aerie. To remember the loggia it replaced is to feel sad and reminiscent before they even have the scrim totally removed.

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    I think they were Hi(gh) when they decided to commit this act of stupidity


    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    You guys see "Hi!"

    I see a middle finger.

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    So, did you all enjoy the lollipops reference?

    I have to hand it to Mr Cleopfil; he gave me a laugh-out-loud moment.

    it’ll be like the ghost of the lollipops.
    It's like...awesome.

  10. #625

    Thumbs up Nice "new iridescent skin"

    I like the gleam (something like mother-of-pearl) on the new facade: particularly after the cleaning it got today.

    Last edited by infoshare; April 9th, 2008 at 12:59 PM. Reason: Add link

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    hoser ^

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    I do like the glazed terracotta. Shame it's wasted on this terrible design.

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    hmmmm ...

    cell cam at dusk:









    dunno

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    What does the 'H' stand for?

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    Actually, it's HI because the I is on the other side. I assume it's intentional...but it is so dumb

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