We asked (for interiors of the Norman Foster-designed Hearst Tower), and The Sky Line's Paul Goldberger delivered! Sort of. No pix, but he paints a mighty fine word-picture in this week's New Yorker. Through the restored Joseph Urban-designed arch and up the escalators we go:
What comes next is an explosive surprise such as has not been seen in the city since Frank Lloyd Wright['s Guggenheim.] The escalators deposit you in a vast atrium that contains the upper floors of the old Urban building, which Foster has carved out and roofed over with glass. The inside walls of the old building have been covered with stucco, and you look up at three stories of windows—something one rarely sees, except perhaps in a cathedral—which give the space the feel of an outdoor piazza.Click through for your 4th boldface name and the inevitable publishing-empire comparison.
Hearst employees will be able to eat in a café within the atrium, and so will be on a par with their rivals at the Condé Nast Building, in Times Square, which features a sensuous Frank Gehry-designed cafeteria. But the Hearst space isn’t just chic; it’s majestic.· Triangulation [NewYorker]
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