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Architect Kevin Roche Talks Threatened Postmodern Designs

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Yesterday, Curbed reported on the potential, and potentially imminent, demolition of the Ambassador Grill & Lounge and Hotel Lobby at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City, mirrored postmodern masterpieces designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in the late '70s and early '80s. These prismatic interiors, which, as Curbed critic Alexandra Lange noted, "draw the prismatic curtain walls of One and Two UN Plaza inside, creating a total work of architecture," have attracted quick and emphatic praise from the architectural community since news broke yesterday afternoon of a potential update to the interior. Lange spoke with Kevin Roche this morning about the design of the Ambassador Grill & Lounge and the lobby of the UN Plaza Hotel.