Patrick Marini

luglio 17, 2006

Citicorp Center – 1977

Filed under: New York — π@3κ @ 7:08 pm

Hugh Stubbins and Emery Roth  & Sons, Architects
The city’s most dramatic new skyscraper its the first grat soaring thing since RCA building. The tower hardly begins until it is 127 feet up and doesn’t stop until its trapezoidal roff pierces the sky 915 feet in the air.
Citicorp 1982
Paul Goldberger, architecture cr-tic for the New York Times, has written. Indeed, Citicorp’s sloping roofline was unprecedented in New York, where the flat roof syndrome was unchallenged for over 40 years. The roof was first planned for terraced condominiums, later for a solar collector, but now exists simply as a decorative shape.
The Citicorp Center also contains a technical novelty, the “Tuned Mass Damper”: a 365 ton concrete block floating on oil above the 59th floor. The damper is put in motion by a computer to counteract the movements of the tower in strong winds.
The tower shares some elements with modern design of the 1930’s and 1940’s -strip windows, aluminum panel facades, and an aerodynamic, wedge-shaped sil-houette, but its silky, silvery coolness firmly places it in the 1970’s.


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