Trump Tower in New York

Photo of Trump Tower in New York, New York
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Photo of Trump Tower in New York, New York
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Photo of Trump Tower in New York, New York
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Trump Tower

721 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, Midtown
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Trump Tower is an example of the prototypical Miesian glass box gone right. In New York and countless other cities black reflective glass became a cliche in the mid to late 20th century. The box form maximizes space and revenue. But the man behind this building, showman Donald Trump, wanted more. He was Content to allow one corner of this building to be shaved off in right angles to create something interesting that sets it apart from similar buildings. Of course, money is always a motive, and the notching also creates more corners and more windows, which means the offices and residences in this building have more light and can be leased at substantially higher prices. Still, at least it's something different in a city that deserves outstanding architecture.

At the base of the cutaway side the transition to the building's square footprint is completed by a series of stepped boxes. When viewed from the street, the cut-away side resembles a tall glass waterfall crashing onto blocks at the base. This mimics the actual three-story tall waterfall which plunges through the lobby of this building, enhancing the sense of occasion in an already luxurious building.

The vertical steps should allow more light to fall on Fifth Avenue and Trump's neighboring buildings, but the building is still an overtly dark presence. It's dark tinted windows and black framing seem to suck the light out of the neighborhood. The visual void in the cityscape becomes a compelling psychological one demanding you either look directly at it, or directly away.

Quick Facts
    > This building was designed by Der Scutt.
    > This used to be the location of the Art Deco Bonwit Teller Building, home of Bonwit Teller, once one of New York's most upscale department stores. It moved and its building was demolished to make way for this skyscraper.
    > This building was featured in the television show The Apprentice, but the boardroom where the contestants were judged is fake. The real boardroom looks nothing like what was shown on television. The televised boardroom was a set.
    > It is said that the apartment floor plans had to be altered during construction when it was discovered that people with corner windows could see into each other's bedrooms.
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  A jewel in the heart of New York City. Trump Tower represents the very essence of America which is beauty, strength and freedom.

Kenneth J. Vitrone - Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 @ 7:36am  

  In addition to the lure of seeing the historic house that Trump built, I wanted to visit this building because its address bears my b-day: July 21 - 721 Fifth Avenue. My anticipation was absolutely "trumped" :~) by its amazing architectural design. Such beauty! I truly hope to live here one day.

Val McLeod - Thursday, April 7th, 2011 @ 7:47am  

  Typical of Mr Trump, his tower is ostentatious and gauche. I admit I find the geometric shape (vertical steps) interesting from a few vantage points.

Don - Friday, November 14th, 2008 @ 11:19pm  

  Donald Trump has done a damn good job in making this building a real beauty.

Nathaniel Rajkumar - Friday, September 23rd, 2005 @ 9:04am  

  For a glass box it's wonderful, nice sleek tower looking tall (even though a 500-600 feet(150-200m) tall building is average in New York ,the design works.nice q-bert style base. Trump's signature building is still one of his best in its time, the Trump Tower's design team gave it all to really impress New York and the world.

Wilbert NYC - Sunday, August 28th, 2005 @ 2:23am