This NYC Skyscraper Design Is Like the Chrysler Building Went to Burning Man and I Love It

The crop of new skyscrapers going up on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan are very tall, whisper thin, and—yawn—rather boring. This idea for a supertall on the same street is a throbbing EDM antidote to the architectural elevator music that’s taking over New York City.

The proposal that takes design audacity to new heights is not by Ivo Shandor but by Mark Foster Gage, New York architect and assistant dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Instead of a sheer wall of glass, the 102-story tower is adorned with deconstructed gargoyles made from “limestone-tinted concrete panels with sheet-bronze details,” which seem to iterate along the facade like a glitchy 3D printer spewing out random Art Deco references.


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