50 Columbus

A skyscraper on 42nd Street was nicknamed “Zebra” because of its wide horizontal stripes. 50 Columbus could have had the same nickname if the stripes weren’t made so subtly. They don’t dominate the facade, but complement it, making the usual facade rhythm composite, having three different scale patterns. The third pattern is a modern form of banded rustication formed by protruded brick.

The skyscraper leaves an impression of being much more slender because of its seemingly irregular, pleated form which always hides a part of the building from an observer standing close by. This indented shape also has a functional value, bringing more of natural light into the interior spaces.

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