Rafael Viñoly Lecture – 432 PARK AVENUE AND OTHER TOWERS

The Skyscraper Museum, in conjunction with SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury, presents:
A lecture by RAFAEL VIÑOLY on 432 PARK AVENUE and Other Towers

Rafael Viñoly is the founding principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, a New York-based firm with an international practice. Viñoly’s award-winning designs include museums, performing arts centers, convention centers, and numerous research and academic buildings and complexes. His commercial high-rise work began in the 1980s, and he explored innovative forms and structural strategies in several projects, including the post-9/11 WTC competition, in which the collaborative design of the THINK team for a World Cultural Center was a finalist.

Taller than the rooftop of either the original or current 1 WTC, 432 Park Avenue will top out in 2015 at 1,396 feet, making it–in the words of its developers Macklowe Properties and the CIM Group–the loftiest residence “in the Western Hemisphere.” Exemplifying “the logic of luxury,” the tower’s soaring height is predicated on its compact 93-foot square floor plate and extra-high ceilings, which produce its slenderness ratio of 1:15. The emphatic white grid of the concrete frame, divided into six sections by open mechanical floors, represents an integration of the elegant architectural concept and structural logic that sets 432 Park Avenue apart from curtain-wall contemporaries.

Rafael Viñoly will discuss the design of 432 Park Avenue in the context of his high-rise work and design philosophy.

There will be a Q & A after the talk moderated by Cathleen McGuigan, editor in chief of Architectural Record.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Monday, February 24, 2014
    06:30 pm

  • Where: 

    Auditorium of the National Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
    1 Bowling Green
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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