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Video: Robert A.M. Stern on Designing Background Buildings and The Limestone Jesus

Video: Robert A.M. Stern on Designing Background Buildings and The Limestone Jesus

"We have lots of silly buildings being built, in my opinion. The buildings should not look like Lady Gaga,” stated Robert A.M. Stern in the latest installment by the Louisiana Channel

Fifteen Central Park West, what many know to be the “world’s most powerful address,” was designed by Stern with one intention: to fill in the wall of Central Park West with a single, well articulated “background building” rather than a “twisting and turning isolated” structure. As Stern describes in the video above, the building, known as the “Limestone Jesus,” is praised in the real estate world for it’s high-priced apartments.  

"Almost every building that is new has a built-in history. We are architects that build on the shoulders of the past. I think is is much more exciting to enter into a dialogue with the past and also to take things from the past and restudy them, their theme and variation. Architecture is made up of many languages in my view and if we have a modern language that is evolved but it doesn't mean that the other languages can't also continue to be spoken.”

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Video: Robert A.M. Stern on Designing Background Buildings and The Limestone Jesus" 14 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/567829/video-robert-a-m-stern-on-designing-background-buildings-and-the-limestone-jesus/> ISSN 0719-8884
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