Charles Gwathmey’s Last Design Tops Out on Park Avenue

Down the street from 425 Park Avenue, where Norman Foster will soon leave his mark in Manhattan’s pantheon of modernist skyscrapers, the last project by former New York Five architect Charles Gwathmey (1938 – 2009) topped out recently, with little media hubbub to talk up the discreet design of the building to come. The Real Deal was quick to point out the absence of curves (a hallmark of Gwathmey’s 445 Lafayette Street tower and other earlier works), though all that can really be seen now is a Maison Dom-ino skeleton. When complete, 323 Park Avenue South will put forth a sober, metal-clad facade with judiciously aligned windows, a reminder that not all buildings of this ilk need to announce themselves.

- Kelly Chan