New York – Architecture and future in Manhattan


New York architecture is the highest expression of any artist and dreamer: in such a small piece of land as Manhattan, you can take a stroll among creations from Frank Lloyd Wright or see the iconic Flatiron Building by Daniel H. Burnham.

But if you want to discover the trendy, vanguard Manhattan you have to turn your attention to the daring and gravity-defying glass structures.

The Bank of America Tower, completed in 2009 in Bryant Park, is already part of the city landmarks-filled skyline, as if it had always been there: glass and steel blend in a skyscraper which was built following cutting-edge bio-architectural principles (maximum exploitation of natural light and a inner garden Cafe) and which today adorn a little part of Manhattan not too far away from the notorious Empire State Building (350 5th Ave).

A prism that becomes a unique structure: the Hearst Building (300 West 57th Street, near Columbus Circle) was designed by the British architect Norman Foster to give voice to the madness and the history of New York. Basically it is a building on the top of another building: the base was completed in 1928, but the 1929 depression caused the works to stop, so all it was left was an imposing but rather short building that nowadays is the curious base of a daring architectonic challenge, brilliantly won in 2006.

Among the futuristic buildings Santiago Calatrava mark just couldn’t be missed. The works started in 2004, and 12 years and 4 billion dollars later the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (also known as Oculus and really easy to find at 33-69 Vesey St, at Cortlandt Street Metro station) was inaugurated.