Abstract study of the W.R. Grace Building - New York, USA
The W. R. Grace Building is a skyscraper in Manhattan. The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974. The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by Deloitte & Touche, LLP, formerly Deloitte Haskins & Sells.
The building is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (also known as Sixth Avenue), but the main entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th. It overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. The building size is approximately 1,518,000 sq ft, and sits on a site of approximately 67,875 sq ft. The ownership is currently Brookfield Financial Properties, LP.
One of the notable aesthetic attributes of the building is the concave vertical slope of its north and south facades, on 42nd and 43rd Street. This is similar to another of Bunshaft's creations, the Solow Building, which is no coincidence, as he had used the initial, rejected facade design for that building in his design for the Grace Building. The exterior of the building is covered in white travertine, which forms a contrast against the black windows and makes the building appear brighter than those surrounding it. The Grace Building is located on the former site of Stern's department stores' flagship location and headquarters.
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October 24th, 2011
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