GLASS has become the go-to external cladding material for the majority of today’s skyscrapers. While New York defined the modern skyline in the early 20th century, recent years have seen glazed facades proliferate and begin to dominate the city’s skyline.
Despite maximising views and allowing natural light to penetrate deep into a floor plate, the rate at which we are now building glass skyscrapers has led some to begin to view these structures as indistinct and repetitive, adding little to the city’s built fabric.
In response, a handful of architects are now working on a range of projects that pay homage to the city’s history while reintroducing materials and characteristics from the early 20th century.
From striking terracotta facades to soaring vaulted arches, these projects are bringing New York’s classic architecture into the modern age.
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Additional footage and images courtesy of Max Touhey, Raffi Derhovanessian, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Rockefeller Group, Shop Architects, JDS Development Group, Mark Made for DDG, Familiar Control, Alan Tansey, CetraRuddy, Joe Woolhead, Evan Joseph, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, Silverstein Properties, DDG, Paul Clemence and Dan Cortese. Narrated by Fred Mills.