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AT&T Corporate Headquarters

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Philip Johnson, John Burgee
 
location New York, New York
function office
contributed by piotr_krajewski

The Sony Tower, formerly the AT&T Building, is a 647 feet (197 m) tall, 37-story highrise skyscraper located at 550 Madison Avenue between 55th Street and 56th Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan.It was designed by architect Philip Johnson and partner John Burgee, and was constructed in 1984. It became immediately controversial for its ornamental top (sometimes mocked as "Chippendale", after the open pediments characteristic of the famous English designer's bookcases and other cabinetry), but enjoyed for its spectacular arched entranceway, measuring about seven stories in height. With these ornamental additions, the building challenged architectural modernism's demand for stark functionalism and purely efficient design. For this it is considered by many critics to be a prime exemplar of postmodern architecture.

 

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davidb says:
I visited this building in 1997. At that time there was a public atrium at low level in the building (I don't know if it's still there?) My Wife and I made the mistake of stopping for a coffee. I have to say it was one of the dullest, most boring, deadliest, depressing public places I've ever visited. We couldn't wait to get out!
Kingswinford, United Kingdom 03-Jan-11
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AT&T Corporate Headquarters
Address
Madison Avenue 550
United States
http://www.sonymusic.com/
Project is public!
Opening hours The building is open during office hours.
How to get there? Accessible from Madison Avenue at 56th Street.
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Completion 1984
Main designer, ArchitectPhilip Johnson
ArchitectJohn Burgee
 
Project ID 5016
Latitude/Longitude 40°45'40N 73°58'23W
Contributed by piotr_krajewski
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