Towering

1080 Madison Avenue (E. Steo, 1981)

Manhattan plots are small. But the desire to go up on even a really small plot sometimes becomes too great. This creates a very distinctive cityscape – the street level has a small, friendly scale with little shops and restaurant but once you look up the city turns big. Even in older districts with generally five- or six-story structures, some buildings stick out.

Tower footprints are small, so the result is one apartment on each floor with views to all sides and a strange feeling of privacy above the roofs in the middle of the city.

Here are some buildings that I found walking around the city. They have different approaches but all try going higher than their neighbors – subtly or not so subtly.

Broadway (near E 11th St)
Somewhere on Second Avenue
Undergraduate dormitory (Cooper Union, Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen 1995)
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