Art and office buildings are a common theme here in New York. Think about David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank plaza, Sheldon Solow’s 9 West 57th or Aby Rosen’s Lever House. Soon you will be able to add David Levinson’s 425 Park Avenue:
After the British architect Norman Foster won a competition to replace the hulking, aging tower at 425 Park Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets, with a sustainable new 31-story building, the developer David Levinson, chairman and chief executive of L&L Holding Company, hired Andrea Glimcher to organize art installations for the new building.
“Contemporary art is really in the DNA of this building,” Mr. Levinson said. “It will be in every aspect of the design, from the lobby to outdoor space.”
A novice collector himself, Mr. Levinson said that when the building is completed, the public will be able to see artworks from the lobby, which will have 45-foot-tall ceilings and glass on three sides. “Periodically there will also be contemporary art exhibitions in the lobby,” he added.
A Jeff Koons Sculpture Is Coming to 30 Rock (NYTimes.com)