Originally Posted by StatenIslander237
This is my favorite alternative. I might even prefer it to the Portzamparc plan, perhaps because, even though the rendering provided may be a rough draft of sorts, the buildings are a little odd and out-of-place-looking.
Just imagine the Portzamparc buildings arranged in that formation.
I understand your thinking. But what I don't like about that plan is that it's basically an alternative, or "outside' plan - meaning they have no connection to the development whatsover. I don't like the idea that these outside groups think they can just come in and throw whatever they think is "livable" on the table, regardless of whatever the plan looks like. We see it happen all the time, whether it be Atlantic Yards, the Con Ed site, or even the Hudson Yards, these groups always come out with the "livable" alternative. If this were a bidding war for the site, that would be fine.
This site plan is different, for sure.
But judging from the rest of Riverside South, people aren't always thrilled when towers are
made to fit in. How interesting are the buildings being completed there now? I think that's one of the reasons Extell is trying for something a little different. It's still a work in progress, but I think if done right, it could be another unique slice of the west side, like Lincoln Center.