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The mix between the 20th and 21st centuries continues. A very particular contrasting union in this case, because two iconic buildings of the New York skyline merge: the Chrysler Building, by William Van Alen, and the skyscraper designed by Rafael Viñoly at 432 Park Avenue.

Both buildings are immediately recognizable, even from a distance, for their unique, and opposite at the same time, characteristics: the Chrysler Building, a fully Art-Deco building, with elaborate ornaments and a distinguishable style and profile, merges with the building by Viñoly, an example of absolute simplicity and essential lines, that can reminds geometrically and ironically the “Monumento Continuo” by Superstudio in the 60s…

With the initial intention to be the world's tallest building, the Chrysler Building remained so for only eleven months until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is a classic example of the Art Deco style, from the street to its terraced crown. Interior and exterior alike it is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on features that were also found on Chrysler automobiles at the time.
The white and dark gray brickwork of the facade emphasizes the horizontality of the rows of windows. The stepping spires are made of stainless steel with a stylized sunburst motif, and sit just above a series of gargoyles that depict American eagles which stare out over the city.

On the other hand Rafael Viñoly Architects’ residential and mixed-use tower is a slender volume that marks the geometric center of the skyline. The project consists of residences on middle and upper levels and common spaces distributed throughout the lowest levels.
432 Park Avenue is an expression of the extraordinary qualities of the Manhattan grid and its design exploits these parameters. A regular grid of exposed concrete members creates a facade made by oversized windows 10x10 feet, that creates an open basket within which seven “independent buildings” stack up, separated by spaces within which the building cores are exposed to the outdoor elements. These breaks allow for deflection of wind pressures and help the 425 meter-tall building achieve structural stability.
The lowest section of the tower is totally devoted to the amenities provided exclusively for the residents.


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