Lipstick Building

Lipstick Building is an elliptical-shaped skyscraper that occupies the area between East 53rd Street and 54th Street in Manhattan, New York. Its main address is noted as 885 3rd Avenue. It is also known as the 53rd at Third. It was known as the Lipstick Building primarily due to its shape.

Lipstick Building Profile

The Lipstick Building stands 138 meters or 453 feet tall. It also has a total of 34 floors that function primarily as office spaces leased to different companies. Unlike the other buildings in the vicinity, the Lipstick Building is noted for its elliptical shape, giving it that distinct feature that makes it stand out from the rest of the buildings in the area. The skyscraper was first constructed in 1983. It was done by 1986 and was opened to the public in the same year.

Lipstick Building Features

The Lipstick Building was designed by John Burgee Architects along with Philip Johnson. It follows a Postmodern architectural style that gives the elliptical-shaped building one of its notable features from its surroundings. Its name was derived from its shape and color, which closely resembles a tube of lipstick.

The Lipstick Building was designed with three levels seemingly placed on top each other. The top two levels recede in terms of its size to follow the zoning regulations in Manhattan that requires the availability of light at street level. Its shape was utilized in order to occupy lesser space at the base as compared to a quadrilateral Third Avenue.

The base of the building features columns that seemingly supports the whole building and provides an entrance to the building’s vast hall and lobby, which are about two stories high, at around 9 meters. The building exterior is noted for a continuous wall of red enameled Imperial granite trimmed with bands of brushed stainless steel. The building’s curvatures also allows light reflecting on its surface and at different places.

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