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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Revolutionary Structural Design Thrills

Revolutionary alright: structural design that defies convention and gravity. It rises 355ft and cantilevers over 30ft.

This is the 23 East 22nd Street building in Manhattan, designed by Rem Koolhaas with OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and the author of the classic 1978 book, “Delirious New York”.

The developer is Slazer Enterprises, the structural design by Cantor Seinuk, $200 plus millions and completion scheduled for the end of next year.

This is the definition of structural design.

What is very interesting, is that it is almost a replica of Hugh Ferris’s futuristic drawings, dating from a century ago.

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