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CBS Building

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Identification

CBS Building
Columbia Broadcasting System Building, 51 West 52nd Street
115556

Plan

Structure générale

gratte-ciel
construit [achevé]
béton
granite
mur-rideau
moderne

Usages

bureaux
restaurant

Faits

  • The architects were recognized with an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1966.
  • The 38-storey building was the only skyscraper designed by the Finnish-born Saarinen (whose father, Eliel, had designed the influential second-place entry in the Chicago Tribune Tower competition in 1922).
  • The tower was built for the Columbia Broadcasting Company on this Sixth Avenue strip housing several TV network and publishing company headquarters.
  • This was the first skyscraper in New York City to be built in reinforced concrete, rather than with a steel frame.
  • The lobby is clad in white travertine, with dark granite columns as a contrast.
  • The facade of the building is characterized by the massive, Canadian black granite-clad columns that point the facets of their triangular form to the outside.
  • The columns soar all the way from the ground to the top of the building creating an effect differing much from the glass-curtain wall high-rises of that time. For its imposing appearance, the building was dubbed the "Black Rock."
  • The CBS Building is set back 8 meters from each plot line, partly to isolate it from the neighbouring buildings, partly to take it clear of the subway line running underneath the north-western corner of the plot. On the Sixth Avenue side there is a shallow sunken plaza.

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Lieu

1300-1316 6th Avenue
51-69 West 52nd Street
52-66 West 53rd Street
1300 6th Avenue, 51 West 52nd Street
10019
Midtown
Manhattan
New York City
New York
États-Unis d'Amérique

Données techniques

491,00 ft
491,00 ft
491,00 ft
38
1961
1965
$26 000 000

Entreprises participantes

Eero Saarinen

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Spécificités

  • Patrimoine local
  • L'immeuble dispose d'une toiture végétale
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