Glass 1025 5th Avenue Lobby (New York)

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I like the perspectival shifts opened out by this little glass box lobby just across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collapse between inside and outside in the bright reflection, the neat little garden space, and the reflection of the museum wall contribute to the effect. The lobby takes you in off the avenue and takes you somewhat curiously down a long passage that takes you due east. It’s almost as if the entrance to 5th Avenue address was designed to obscure the plain and rather undistinguished apartment building, whose main axis runs along its north wall on E.84th Street. To complete the irony, it’s probably the case however, that the true wealth of the property is better reflected by the lobby than by the long facade which immediately meets your eye as you turn down the street away from the museum.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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2 Responses to Glass 1025 5th Avenue Lobby (New York)

  1. DMS says:

    Slightly off topic but if you haven’t read the last chapter of Ari Shavit’s book, don’t. 🙂

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