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New York, New York Part 2

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a group of 19 office buildings located between 48th and 51st Street and 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan. Their architecture is typical of the 1930’s, similar to the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. The central square of this area is called Rockefeller Plaza, where every winter an ice rink is built, which is very popular among the New Yorkers.

Chrysler Building

Another of the iconic New York skyscrapers, Chrysler Building with the famous “lotus” crown, is the essence of Egyptian influence in American art-deco. The end of its spire reaches 319m and it was the tallest skyscraper in New York until the Empire State Building was constructed.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museum of Modern Art is one of the most beautiful and important cultural building in the world. It has a collection of famous artists such as Picasso, van Gogh and Pollock.

Originally designed in the International Modernist style, the building has recently undergone a renovation and remodeling by Yoshio Taniguchi. This has breathed new life into MoMA, an institution that has come to be known not only for the stunning collection of art, but also for its spectacular architecture.

New Museum

New Museum is another contemporary cultural building, this time designed by Tokyo based architects – SANAA – the winners of the 2010 Pritzker prize.

The object is composed of several different cuboids, arranged in seemingly random way. It is slowly becoming a new symbol of New York City. The narrow plot forced the architects to design space with different functions on top and below each other instead of next to each other, like it happens in most of the museums.

TWA Terminal

TWA Terminal is part of the JFK Airport. It was designed in the 1950’s by a famous architect from Finland – Eero Saarinen. It is still one of the best examples of using reinforced concrete shells to achieve expressive effects in architecture.

Seagram Building

Seagram Building is a skyscraper designed by one of the representative architects of Modernism – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It is located in Midtown Manhattan and was completed in 1958. It is an icon of 20th century architecture and one of the finest examples of the famous quote “less is more”.

Its structure consists of reinforced concrete core and a steel frame. It was one of the first buildings to use high-strength bolted connections.


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