NYC Sculptural Skyscraper Design by Mark Foster Gage
Throughout the evolution of New York City's skyline, some criticism has risen surrounding the popular choice of minimalism in modern architecture. In a city once ruled by art deco masterpieces and victorian cornices, today's dominance of glass boxes and sleek towers seems almost sterile by comparison for some. Of course we live in a different age. It doesn't cost the same to build something like the Chrysler Building as it does today. The industry has evolved, by necessity. Still, one can dream of the possibilities, which is exactly what architect Mark Foster Gage is doing with his latest designs.
The architect was tapped by real estate developers to envision a new and exciting addition to 57th street - currently a hotbed of architectural innovation. Gage's vision is what you see below - an ornate and ambitious structure which heralds to a more opulent and sophisticated time for his trade. It's futuristic symmetry conjures up a touch of Geiger and Kubrick - combining the organic flair of the former with the effective simplicity of the latter. Elaborate reliefs are carved into the facade, reaching towards towering crescendo at its sky lobby on the 64th floor, where the buildings wings unfurl to reveal a two story ballroom, with some truly spectacular views of the city. Like it or not, one must admit it is a bold design!