One For the Books

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

In this age of blogs and 24-hour cable news, rarely does breaking news come from an old-fashioned hardcover book. But that is exactly what happened with Studio Daniel Libeskind’s New York Tower, which can be seen above (and which we also talked to the architect about earlier today).

Ever since the project leaked onto the Internet last year, the real estate blogosphere has been following every rumor and murmur about the project. But it took the November 18 publication of Counterpoint, Libeskind’s latest monograph, for the world to get its first look. Indeed it wasn’t until last week, when New York architecture critic Justin Davidson pointed out the project’s publication therein, that people started to take notice. Fortunately for us, we happened to have a review copy lying around the office, from which these images were taken.

But before we go, one caveat. The developer refused to release any of these images–except for the one we posted of the terrace gardens–when we requested them. “They were made at least a year ago, for publication purposes, and no longer reflect the current state of the project,” Lloyd Kaplan, spokesperson for developer Elad Properties, told us. Still, they provide the most complete picture of the project yet. And, even if it does change, as long as it looks half this good, we think everyone will be happy.

Also, if you care to learn more about the book (and, we hope, the tower), Liebeskind and Paul Goldberger–his interlocutor for Counterpoint–will be giving a talk at the Center for Architecture on December 10.

40 Responses to “One For the Books”

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  2. Joseph Geronimo says:

    Libeskind’s New York Tower

  3. Jeremy says:

    Libeskind says the rounded corners were inspired by the Flatiron Building. – Exactly who, does this idiot think he’s fooling with that stupid comparison. The Flatiron Building is a noble, dignified piece of Architecture. Libeskind and his entire oeuvre are a series of ignorant one-liner gimmicks that fool no-one.

  4. Mario says:

    Yawwwnnn! OK. We get the joke, but like all Libeskind’s humorous attempts at design, it looks tired and boring already.

  5. Melissa says:

    Lacks gravitas. Looks like a cheap amusement park ride at Coney Island.

  6. Vesna says:

    looks like a left-over design from an unbuilt project in Abu-Dabai.

  7. GBarasian says:

    Libeskind shows how superficial he is by saying the rounded corners “nod to the Flatiron Building”. This is classic Libeskind BS, creating entirely spurious and pretentious and non-existent associations with great architecture like the Flatiron Building. A better analogy would be between his building and the garbage can under my desk which also has rounded corners.

  8. Raan says:

    Libeskind’s pretentious buildings are blemishes on the cities they become part of. New York needs to learn from Denver and Toronto’s mistakes.

  9. Martha JP says:

    RE: (in the telephone interview, you note), “Libeskind said the cut-outs for the terraces, would pay special deference to the structure’s historic neighbor.”


    This is just the latest half-assed line of bullshit from Libeskind who’s trying to justify what is, in reality, a capricious decision to cut holes in the facade.

    Did anyone at AN even think to ASK Libeskind how these cut-outs pay deference to the historic neighbor?

    Quality journalism would examine and rebut this sort of garbage. All AN has done is become an unwitting PR agent for Libeskind’s brand of personal stupidity.

  10. Van The man says:

    Smart dogs don’t shit on their own doorstep. – Libeskind might want to mop this up qyuickly, or else move to Russia where they still seem to like this sort of uncivilized crapitecture.

  11. Robert says:

    Hopefully, after Libeskind finishes ripping the outer skin off this ugly tower, we’ll all find there’s a really good Richard Rogers or Renzo Piano design underneath.

  12. GeeBeeWeBe says:

    Libeskind’s capacity for foolish ideas is impressive. What inspired this one? Unraveling an orange peel? Sheesh …. he should at least try to be an architect if he insists on calling himself one.

  13. […] new book, Counterpoint, was released on November 18th. The pictures you see here were actually scanned from his book, as they are the only known images of the […]

  14. Hyung Sook says:

    What we got here is a couple of holes cut out of an otherwise tubular building. This idea is about as smart as painting red stripes and a sports car and claiming it makes the car go faster. Libeskind panders to low-brows who confuse gimmicks with architectural ideas.

  15. JohhPPJ says:

    This reminds me of SOM’s tower with hanging gardens in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. Looks like Libeskind has found a new mentor after his WTC collaboration with David Childs.

  16. Binky Limbo says:

    At least it’s not triangular and crystalline as is the stock Libeskind cliché.

    Now it’s more Hadid-like. Ug.

  17. Francesco X says:

    You only have to look at Richard Roger’s elegant and architecturally refined solution for the new tower on top of the Port Authority Building to appreciate how dumb Libeskind’s building really is. It looks like Libeskind spent a lot of time rendering an idea he thought about for less than two minutes.

  18. Joshua C says:

    Libeskind seems to think the term “green” means a couple of trees get added to a goofball design. Is he the world’s biggest idiot, or what?

  19. Russ M says:

    Libeskind tries to create a war-torn image with each piece of architecture he proposes. It’s no surprise quite frankly considering his background. New York is not the place for that kind of morphology.

  20. Russ M says:

    Also, what’s the deal with the WTC-esque exoskeletal expression? What a thoughtless use of his own resources and a slap in the face to all New Yorkers. Indeed a ‘see-thru’ piece of architecture with no ideas.

  21. […] new book, Counterpoint, was released on November 18th. The pictures you see here were actually scanned from his book, as they are the only known images of the […]

  22. Syung Kyoo says:

    Libeskind is looking more like an ass every day. How does he get people to work for him on this crap?

  23. Chris says:

    Daniel Libeskind’s capacity to crank out limitless amounts of crass and ignorant garbage never ceases to amaze me.

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