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modern moments in everyday building

Dec 14

Found Folly. Roosevelt Island, NYC. 2012

Elevator bulkhead as modernist gate folly. The double turret or macro-crenelation evoke a defensive style of architecture that is foregrounded by a vast concrete sloping plane furthering the castle-on-a-hill image. The elevator machine room is accessed through a red door set into a red square that visually looks like it has dropped down from the void between the towers. The spiral stair that curls down from the edge ties in nicely to guardrail like a red-steel version of Rapunzel’s flowing locks. A low glazed lean-to gives the structure an even more monumental scale while simultaneously domesticating it by the introduction of a new material and an everyday tectonic.

Kudos to my friend Kees Brinkman for this fantastic find.

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