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The Glass Stampede

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30. Avalon Chrystie Place
229 Chrystie Street
The staid developer AvalonBay recruited Arquitectonica and SLCE Architects to doll up its façade, and the result is a marriage of expediency and dullness. It has helped lift the neighborhood’s fortunes, but at what cost?


31. 497 Greenwich Street
At Spring Street
Winka Dubbeldam turned this little condo into an essay on the versatility of glass. Rather than aspire to seamlessness, she crumpled the curtain wall into folds. But it’s not radicalism for its own sake: the façade marries transparency with the textures of the masonry neighborhood.


32. One Beacon Court/Bloomberg Tower
731 Lexington Avenue
New Yorkers of a certain age have a soft spot for Alexander’s, the full-block department store that closed in 1992 and sat empty for years. But Cesar Pelli’s silvery skyscraper tops a fine oval court, its curve embracing the populace.


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