Chuck Choi/Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Hearst Tower, New York City

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Most
contemporary skyscrapers—Burj Khalifa or the Petronas Towers—work best from a
distance, but the amazing thing about the Hearst Tower on West 57th
Street is that it’s most beautiful up close. The distinctive triangular panels
from which architect Norman Foster formed the façade are highly efficient,
using 20 percent less steel than more conventional buildings, but that’s almost
irrelevant. The important thing is that the triangular motif makes the modest
42-story tower more spectacular than skyscrapers two or three times its height.

Magic
Revealed:
In the
lobby, you can see how the steel structure supports the tower that appears to
float above its six-story Art Deco base.

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

Hearst Tower, New York City

Most
contemporary skyscrapers—Burj Khalifa or the Petronas Towers—work best from a
distance, but the amazing thing about the Hearst Tower on West 57th
Street is that it’s most beautiful up close. The distinctive triangular panels
from which architect Norman Foster formed the façade are highly efficient,
using 20 percent less steel than more conventional buildings, but that’s almost
irrelevant. The important thing is that the triangular motif makes the modest
42-story tower more spectacular than skyscrapers two or three times its height.

Magic
Revealed:
In the
lobby, you can see how the steel structure supports the tower that appears to
float above its six-story Art Deco base.

Chuck Choi/Courtesy of Foster + Partners

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

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