After the recent resurrection of Christian de Portzamparc's Fortress of Glassitude plans for 400 Park Avenue South, we're tempted to say "never say never" when it comes to the Pritzker Prize-winning Frenchman. Hitting the above note may be a stretch however. The Observer dug up this fly-through rendering of a planned opera house tower for the New York City Opera, since decamped to the opera house at BAM in Brooklyn. C-de-P's opera house would have been built at 150 Amsterdam Avenue (and 66th Street) and features a series of seemingly levitating platforms rising through the building's atrium, connected with curving staircases and elevated walkways. At the end of the video, one can see forerunners of One57's curvy glass facade panels backlit on the exterior of the opera house. The focus on the atrium lobby over the theater itself reminds us that going to the opera can be as much about being seen at the opera, as going to the performance itself.
· When the Fat Lady Sang: Christian de Portzamparc Nearly Built a Wild Opera Tower [NYO]
· The Fortress of Glassitude Will Rise on Park, Finally [CurbedNY]
· One57 Gets Wavy Glass Waterfall Panels on Its Facade [CurbedNY]