James Gardner might not like it, but the buzz surrounding Rem Koolhaas's still-unrevealed 23 East 22nd Street keeps growing, to the point where it's threatening to swallow up its equally new neighbor to the north, One Madison Park. Literally! Check out this detail about Koolhaas's 22-story design revealed in today's Daily News, explaining how the building will still have Madison Square Park views even though the 60-story One Mad Park is standing in its way:
To give Madison Park views to buyers in the Koolhaas building, early architectural word is that Koolhaas designed the wide floors of the building to peek out around One Madison in a curvelike fashion. Prices are expected to hit $4,000 per square foot when the building opens sales in the fall. The penthouse price may hit $65 million, the annual payroll of most professional baseball teams.The building is going to bend around One Madison Park? Folks, we are officially living in The Matrix. And now, all within a few hundred feet, we have a skyline-altering glass tower with a $45 million penthouse, a landmark going under the Versace knife and emerging with rumored $3,500/sqft prices and a six-floor crown of its own, and a kurvy Koolhaas that will be more expensive than all of 'em. As Keanu would say, whoa.
· The Closer: One Madison [NYDN]
· The Koolhaas Kometh Near Madison Square Park [Curbed]