381 Madison Avenue
Clad in gray granite, lightly tinted green glass framed with silver metal trim, formal in appearance, the tower is actually very well rooted in the Art Deco traditions of the city. The octagonal main body of the tower rises from the square podium taking the whole city block and with growing height the mass of the building lessens, imitating the ziggurat form of the Art Deco buildings. The building corresponds well to the other nearby chamfered basis towers, the Tower 49, MetLife and 101 Park Avenue, encouraging divergence from the typical rectilinear practice.
Another unexpected component of the building is the 7 story illuminated glass crown hiding the HVAC equipment at the top floor. Lit up at sunset, the tower turns into a kind of beacon showing the full potential of its formal but skilfully crafted, substantial and attractive architecture.
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