Tower 49 is an office skyscraper in the Midtown Manhattan district of New York City.
While nowhere near as illustrious as its neighbours at Rockefeller Center it is of principal architectural note because it provides an elegant solution to the problem of an irregular building lot.
In this case the lot is fronted on both 48th Street and 49th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. The street frontages were offset by about the width of an NYC brownstone lot on both sides.
To answer this design challenge, the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill came up with a simple crystalline form of two chamfer-cornered masses joined by the central service core and wrapped in blue-tinted mirror glass. #49 #City #Highrise #Manhattan #Midtown #New #NYC #skyscraper #Tower #York