Turtle Bay fans may have noticed the fairly grim fortress-like building currently rising at 799 First Avenue, at 45th Street. That, friends, is the Gwathmey Siegel-designed United States Mission to the United Nations, and on the firm's website, we're told more about the project: "The challenge was to design an iconic tower that would transcend strict programmatic and technical constraints, and become a compelling and representative landmark for architecture and democracy." We're learning more about those constraints in The Real Deal's story on the building today, which notes, "the U.S. State Department plans to build a secure location to send and receive classified information, security experts speculate." The security breach continues:
The federal government is seeking small business contractors that have Defense Department security clearance to build out a 4,000-square-foot space inside the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building, at 799 First Avenue. The space would have a higher level of security than the rest of the building, said Renee Miscione, spokesperson for the U.S. General Services Administration, the building's owner, but she would not confirm the use of the space.We always knew Charles Gwathmey was a spy! What is the Sculpture for Living, after all, if not some sort of sexy signal jamming device? We must now end communication before we wing up on some sort of watch list.
· Feds to build secret site in diplomatic building [Real Deal]
· United States Mission to the United Nations [Gwathmey Siegel]