Here's one massive Skyscraper- 55 Water Street of Lower Manhattan.
What this broad shouldered skyscraper lacks in height, it more than makes up for in floor space-3.5 million square feet, to be exact. In fact, when it opened, it was the largest private office building in the world, based on gross footage.
Its architects, Emery Roth & Sons were responsible for one third of all the new office space in NYC, from 1950-1972. They were known for skyscrapers with high speed elevators, advanced air conditioning systems, and large offices. They also served as consultants for buildings like Citicorp Center, and the WTC complex.
55 Water has had an interesting past. While fortunate enough not to be visited by disaster, the building did suffer through a period of neglect, caught up in Olympia&York's financial problems. Fortunately that ended in 1993, when new management came in to give the skyscraper some much needed attention:
Luckily things have brightened up for one of NYC's biggest, beefiest skyscrapers. In 2005, the plaza was given a much needed makeover:
Here's the skyscrapers.com entry:
Here's the official website:
Even the Peregrine Falcons love this enormous skyscraper:
I took a liking to this building, and its two neighbors, One and Two New York Plaza, after seeing them so often on CSI:NY. They struck me as a trio of very striking buildings- sleek and modern. 55 Water in particular strikes me as a modern take on Louis Sullivan's "Crown, pedestal, base" idea of skyscraper composition. Yeah, this skyscraper may not have much in the way of decorative gingerbread, but there is something likeable about it. It's got presence.
Now, here's what this site is really all about- Skyscraper porn!
Here's two links to pics of this building's falcons:
55 Water with his two neighbors, the sibling towers of New York Plaza:
Look up..look waaay up!
55 Water's promenade by night:
55 Water in its natural habitat:
A gorgeous plaza:
Close-ups of the facade, can you spot the falcons?
And finally, my own 55 Water fan art
Notice how I worked the facade colors and some of the markings into his clothes, as well as his head.