gbNYC Audiocast, Episode 6: Lever House Redux at 250 West 55th Street

Episode 6 of the gbNYC Audiocast takes a deeper look at Boston Properties’ 250 West 55th Street project, which was recently dubbed the “Lever House Redux” by the company’s Regional Manager Robert Selsam. As you’ll recall, both the seminal Lever House at 390 Park Avenue and the new tower were designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill as glass boxes rising out of a wider podium base. The audiocast also traces the history of the International Style in New York City and presents a comparison of 250 West 55th Street with the Lever House, suggesting that green building generally might find its roots in the historical tenets of the movement, including “form follow[ing] function” and Le Corbusier’s vision of the house as a “machine for living.”

Episode 6 of the gbNYC Audiocast takes a deeper look at Boston Properties’ 250 West 55th Street project, which was recently dubbed the “Lever House Redux” by the company’s Regional Manager Robert Selsam. As you’ll recall, both the seminal Lever House at 390 Park Avenue and the new tower were designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill as glass boxes rising out of a wider podium base. The audiocast also traces the history of the International Style in New York City and presents a comparison of 250 West 55th Street with the Lever House, suggesting that green building generally might find its roots in the historical tenets of the movement, including “form follow[ing] function” and Le Corbusier’s vision of the house as a “machine for living.” 250 West 55th Street will offer 1 million square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of retail; it will be the first Boston Properties project to seek a LEED rating.

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