The name Sutton Place no longer charms the ear as it did in the immediate aftermath of WWII. To people of a certain age, it still holds the magic of an incantation, but these days the rest of the beau monde is looking to the Meatpacking District and Brooklyn.
Within this context, two new towers — one complete, the other recently topped out — might seem like a perfect fit. Though they lack the prewar charm of 2 Sutton Place South, a prewar co-op building designed by Emery Roth, their modernist vocabulary, as designed by the firm of Davis Brody Bond, recalls a time when the architectural language of mainstream modernism seemed positively pregnant with global consequence. [more]