On Friday, with a whimper and not with a boom, the Financial Times ran a story about new NYC architecture that, oh, by the way, featured the first-ever look at Rem Koolhaas' 23 East 22nd Street, the game-changing condo building that will rise behind its 60-story brother building, One Madison Park. The image did not appear with the online version of the story at first (perhaps to preserve a U.S. press exclusive), but now a Wired New York member has scanned and posted the photo, and the rendering has just popped up with the FT story. And we'll just say it: it's a letdown.
The rendering, with a view of the 22nd Street façade from a downtown perspective, doesn't give us much of a whiff of the $50 million penthouse (though it looks like it's all glass), the "balconies that stretch across multiple floors" or the "curvelike fashion" in which the building will peek out around One Madison Park in order to get park views (it looks more like it's shuffling out of the way). In fact, the massive and gleaming OneMadPark is cast as a dark and depressing monolith in this shot. We're sure there is much more on the way that will blow our little minds all over our laptop screen, but this ain't it. Thoughts?
· 'The new New York' [Financial Times]
· Thread: One Madison Park [Wired New York]
· Curbed's 22 East 22nd Street coverage [Curbed]