Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue has drawn criticism for its boxy designand, as co-developer Harry Macklowe will have you know, praise toobut the tower's iconic envelope takes its inspiration from an unlikely source: a Josef Hoffmann wastepaper basket. "If you look at it very carefully you see a rhythm, you see a pattern, you see what we call push-pull between negative and positive. So that was very inspirational to Rafael Vinoly and I," Macklowe said of the trashcan in a Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance lecture in December that was just uncovered by The Real Deal. The talk also revealed that Renzo Piano was also being considered as architect for the hemisphere's tallest residential tower.
For those who can't afford to live at 432 Park, unlike the buyer of its $95 million penthouse who was just outed, there's the far-less-pricey yet still exorbitant option of taking a little piece of the tower home: the basket sells for $225 at the Neue Galerie store.
· Check Out the Trash Basket That Inspired 432 Park [TRD]
· A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue [6sqft]
· Buyer Outed For 432 Park Avenue's $95 Million Penthouse [Curbed]
· All 432 Park Avenue coverage [Curbed]