425 Lexington Avenue

425 Lexington Avenue
Distinctive flare - or
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With Chrysler Building in foreground.
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Distinctive colors, forms and materials in the base. Viewed from northwest.
Viewed from northwest.
Viewed from southwest.
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Side entrance (E 43rd Street).

Distinctive flare - or "squashed"?

Distinctive flare - or "squashed"?

With Chrysler Building in foreground.

Distinctive colors, forms and materials in the base. Viewed from northwest.

Viewed from northwest.

Viewed from southwest.

Side entrance (E 43rd Street).

425 Lexington Avenue bears the unmistakable earmarks of Helmut Jahn – strong colors, glass and stone, unusual forms. But it would be architecture better received if built anywhere but amidst New York landmarks Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Chanin Building, etc.

Architectural critics such as Carter Horsley (The City Review) and Norval/White (“AIA Guide to New York City”) pick on the tower’s “squashed” top. Said Horsley: “…the building’s zany top looks Roto-Rooterized, a squished foil to the irrepressible upward thrust of the Chrysler Building just across 43rd Street.” To which Norval/White adds, “…an ugly dwarf next to the venerable reality of the adjacent Chrysler Building.” (I like it, but what do I know?)

But Horsley concludes, “Hopefully, New York developers will continue to let Jahn do his thing until he gets it right for he’s formidable. He is a fine high-tech stylist.”

Murphy/Jahn has similarly styled buildings uptown: International Plaza and Park Avenue Tower. (His other New York designs include CitySpire and the America apartment tower.)

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