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Rendering/Reality: Museum of Arts & Design

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Unlike some very high-profile and unlikely preservationists (Tom Wolfe, Robert A.M. Stern, etc.), we weren't too broken up about the Museum of Arts & Design's plans for Edward Durrell Stone's "lollipop building" at 2 Columbus Circle. The design, by Allied Works Architecture, was an interesting one, and 2 Columbus was never landmarked. Plus, it was cool to imagine cruising down Broadway from the Upper West Side, staring straight at the new museum like it's an alien mothership and you're returning from some far-off invasion. We still do like the AWA design, but as the new-look lollipop building gets more and more unwrapped and comes into focus, we're starting to wonder who the sucker really is.
· Really? This is supposed to be an improvement? [Flickr/bronxelf]
· Construction Watch: 2 Columbus Circle Getting Unwrapped [Curbed]
· Checking In: 2 Columbus Still Sucking [Curbed]