If you walk down Fifth Avenue and 14th Street towardÂ Union Square and notice a building under construction with crooked columns, donâ€™t worryâ€”it is not about to collapse. According to NBC New York, the SOM-designed New School University Center, previously detailed by AN, is raising eyebrows from the local community because some of its columns are slightly skewed.
But itâ€™s no mistake. â€œIt’s the most efficient way to carry all of the different structural loads of the building from the top of the foundation, ” Joel Towers,Â Parsons The New School for Design dean told NBC. The New York City Department of Buildings has confirmed there are no safety issues with the project.