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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Urban Glass House

The Urban Glass House, at 330 Spring Street, is another "starchitect" project. It was designed by Philip Johnson and partner Alan Ritchie. Last night, a soiree was put on to celebrate the completion of Johnson's last project (Johnson died in January of 2005, before completion). The photo is actually of a model of the building on display in one of the apartments for sale.
The residential building is modeled after one of architecture's most iconic structures: his Glass House in New Canaan, CT. There are a myriad of articles online on Johnson; here is one I recommend which profiles Johnson and his work. Just a few of his many credits: Lincoln center, Museum of Modern Art, Trump Tower, Boston Public Library. Johnson was one of America's most influential architects. I can not begin to do justice to his life's work here. I recommend some independent reading: a good bio here, another overview here.
Oh, and prices for the apartments run from about $2, 000,000 to $10,000, 000.