Solow Building

Solow Building is an imposing modernist skyscraper located at 9 West 57th Street in Manhattan. It is somewhere west of Fifth Avenue and in between 57th and 58th Street. It is a black and white tower notable for its sloping facade and is one of only two Midtown skyscrapers employing such a design. It is also known to have the most expensive rental prices in Manhattan.

Solow Building Profile

The Solow Building was built in 1968. It was completed and opened to the public in 1974. The building was designed by Gordon Bundshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It is one of two buildings in Midtown Manhattan that has the same sloping design for a facade, the other one being the W.R. Grace Building. It is not actually a coincidence since both buildings were designed by Gordon Bundshaft. He actually used the rejected design for the Solow Building’s facade for the Grace Building.

Solow Building Features

The Solow Building stands 689 feet or 210 meters tall. It contains a total of 50 floors and is one of the few skyscrapers in the area. Floors above the 23rd floor offer an unobstructed view of northern Manhattan and a complete view of the famous Central Park. ┬áIts main feature is its sloping facade. But there were also complaints about the sloping reflecting walls of the building revealing some unappealing sides of the neighboring old buildings. In order to distract passersby from noticing the reflection, a large red sculpture of the number “9” placed in front of the building. This popular sculpture was designed by Ivan Chermayeff.

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