Herzog & de Meuron
This Swiss firm’s first New York building has our most lavish new façade. The windows at Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond are framed in bottle-green cast glass, making it look almost handblown. Out front, a riot of aluminum curls recalls the exuberance of Spanish baroqueor of New York graffiti, from which the patterns were taken.
The Deutsche Bank Building
Everyone wants the tower at 130 Liberty Street, damaged in the 9/11 attacks, to just go away. The building sat there for three years before insurers and the city could even agree on who’d raze it. Then crews started finding toxic mold, asbestos, and bone fragments. The ruin had been shortened from 41 stories to 26 by August, when a fire broke out, killing two firefighters and halting demolition. The sawed-off hulk still sits grimly over the site, waiting to be finished off.