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Poetic Praise for Norman Foster's 425 Park Avenue

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The future 425 Park Avenue won't be here until 2017, but archicritics are already weighing in on starchitect Norman Foster's plans for what could be the next iconic New York City skyscraper. Our favorite flowery wordsmith sent over his latest write up about the building, so without further ado, it's Rhyme Time With James Russell.

Diagonal sinews of steel,
suspend blocks of glass-clad floors,
above two lushly gardened terraces.

The Park Avenue tower
rises from a monumental covered plaza
42-foot-high garden levels
expose those massive, dramatic building supports.
A glass- roofed garden.
Elevator shafts morph into glowing blades
that slice the sky above the roof.

The airy garden floors
Formal meetings, informal gatherings.
Planted outdoor terraces,
views through nearby skyscrapers.
The bespoke-suit version
of the raw industrial loft.

425 Park will loom
much higher over Park Avenue.
The wide boulevard can handle the behemoth scale,
but it will plunge the mid-block deeper into shadow.
· Sky Gardens Add Drama to $750 Million Park Avenue Tower [Bloomberg]
· Rhyme Time With James Russell archives [Curbed]
· 425 Park Avenue coverage [Curbed]
Image by dbox branding & creative for Foster +Partners

425 Park Avenue

425 Park Avenue, New York, NY