Jumat, 25 September 2009

Lever House, New York City


^Seth Tisue
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Lever House is considered the iconic modernist building. Its unassuming minimalist appearance and international style and innovative curtain wall structure gives some big surprises for those who bother to look up close.

It was designed in 1952 by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and was recently restored by RFR Holding. The restoration replaced the aged steel subframe, introduced art exhibits including a sculpture garden, and the new Lever House Restaurant.

The geometry of the building's form has been copied in many skyscrapers. The bottom floor has columns for a sheltered pedestrian zone and a recessed glass entrance. Opaque glazing give a consistent look between each floor, while the top of the building looks solid to balance the horizontal base.

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