40 Bond

40 Bond

40 Bond Street New York, USA
website: www.40bond.com

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron

Now that the necessary period of intrigue and speculation has past, it's time to take a closer look at Ian Schrager's 40 Bond Street condominium designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss duo of Herzog & de Meuron. What they have essentially done here is reinterpret New York's downtown loft vernacular through their own avant-guard prism. And to that Ian Schrager has added an expensive sheen of luxury to make this one of the most ambitious projects we've yet seen. After the jump we take a little tour.

d0079151_4514117.jpgWith glass curtain walls now everywhere, Herzog and de Meuron have smartly avoided giving us another office-park-like matrix of hard-edged panels. Instead they have looked to the cast iron facade for inspiration and come up with a form that wraps the structure almost like protective cladding. These curved glass pieces (manufactured in Barcelona) not only pay a sly homage to downtown loft buildings, but they soften the overall effect of the modern geometry. It will be interesting to see how light plays off these glass spandrels. The facade of 40 Bond might just sparkle at noon and glow at dusk. The greenish Coke-bottle effect, which has been noted elsewhere, could make this a showstopper at night.


by another29 | 2007-10-29 04:25 | □Architecture

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