Another Starchitect Arrives in New York
November 21, 2019
Another celebrated architect is about to have his New York moment. But, this time, there is no billowing sail-like form, jagged crystalline spire or curvaceous squiggle.
Instead, the condominium now rising at 611 West 56th Street will eventually resemble a sensible composition of Perla Bianca limestone and glass that stands out for its simplicity — as well as a monolithic four-story-tall crown.
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Clad in limestone, 611 West 56th Street in New York City is the Pritzker laureate’s first project in the U.S.
The latest addition to the New York City skyline is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza’s new residential tower at 611 West 56th Street, a 37-story building capped by a 53-foot, limestone-encased bulkhead. The project—the Portuguese architect’s first in the United States—is entering the final stage of construction, with sales of its 80 units beginning this month.
Siza is celebrated for his sculptural designs, many of which are set within strikingly contrasting environments. Just take his Leça Swimming Pool in Porto, Portugal, which put him on the map in the 1960s, or his more recent design of Saya Park in South Korea: each structure gracefully rises out of its surroundings, distinguished by comparatively simple shapes. In the high risesaturated Big Apple, Siza brings about his signature minimalism and honesty.
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In this exclusive video interview, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera discusses his first building in the US, a luxury condominium tower in New York City.
Speaking to Dezeen in New York, the 86-year-old architect said that he did not imagine he would ever receive such a commission.
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