Topic: Buildings & Bridges
Like London's Crystal Palace and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building represented in its time "what we were capable of," says Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder-director of lower Manhattan's Skyscraper Museum.
Empire State Building, in central Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Ave. between 33d St. and 34th St. It was designed by the firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon and built in 1930–31. For many years its 102 stories (1,250 ft/381 m high) made it the tallest building in the world.
The trademark looking building is cemented in both New York and U.S. History. Built during the harsh and complicated years of the 1929 (and those years to follow) Great Depression, the building was a monument to modernity and to men’s unthought-of domain of nature. The construction began on March 17, 1930 and the building's steel frame rose at an average rate of four and a half floors per week.
William Lamb was the man chosen to design the Empire State Building. Featuring an epoch feel to an amazing extent, this Art Deco monument is an ode to the architectural trend that was being born back in the early days of the third decade of the 20th century.
The Art Deco style is characterized by symmetrical geometric patterns such as chevron, sunburst, and zigzag patterns. Commonly used materials include aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin, and zebra-skin. The bold use of stepped forms and sweeping curves were the great innovation resulting of the blend between modernity and design, taking upon the essencials of geometry and lifting them into design heaven.
Argentina also features odes to modernity thru means of Art Deco design and style, which have become city trademarks alike the Empire State is to NYC. For starters, Kavanagh building in downtown BA, facing the gorgeous San Martin’s park has been a city icon since early 1930s when the daughter of a world magnate chose to develop a modern conception in the bursting capital of one of the world’s greatest barns. The architects that carried out this ambitious project were Gregorio Sanchez, Ernesto Lagos and Luis Maria de la Torre.
In 1936, the architects expressed their feelings about the new creation in one of Buenos Aires' most refined architectural magazines: Sanchez, Lagos and de la Torre said that the building was created from the outside in, adapting outstanding comfortable facilities to the space they had in order to create the masterpiece they were asked to design. The gradual surface reduction, a strategy these magnificent architects worked with in order to make the most of the city's construction limitations. Their choices resulted in a great use of space allowing the owners of those exquisite apartments to enjoy amazing terrace gardens in the height and in the heart of the city.
Yet another example of Art Deco design and architecture is in the Argentine Yacht Club, located in the portside are in Southern Costanera Av and Viamonte St. this Yacht house is also a magnificent lighthouse looking building, with exquisite design trademarks. Conceived and carried on by the French Architect Eduard Le Monnier, this building was an early example of a trend that would soon conquer the world’s architecture and design. In 1917, Argentina was far away from the conflict line in the Old Continent and allowed her self to portray its magnificence and opulence thru its buildings.
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The Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world and again the tallest in New York City, turned 75 years old this past Monday, May, 2006. There are yearlong celebrations going on in New York to homage the life and history of this breathtaking monument of modernity.
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