Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Traffic moves in and out of the main entrance to the Warner Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill(linky). You can see the building from another angle in the previous photo- it's the two towers on the right. If you catch it at just the right angle, the building appears to be two dimensional against the skyline(linky).

The escalators to the right of frame (which are in reality, dead center in the space) lead down to a Whole Foods Market(linky). Directly above the market, in a brilliant piece of interior planning, there's the 55 thousand square foot Williams-Sonoma flagship store(linky) which has *all* of the products they sell on display (it's the only store they have that's large enough to do this.)

Though NYC doesn't really "do" shopping malls, this is one of the few exceptions, though I'm not entirely sure how much money most of the stores make. It's all extremely high end, save for the Borders Booksellers. There's several restaurants in the complex, including Per Se(linky), which is Thomas Keller's baby and designed by Adam Tihany (who was still a dick to me, but designs very nice restaurants all the same.)

Though I do genuinely adore that Whole Foods downstairs, I'll be honest and say the best thing to *me* about this place is the fact that I know where to find bathrooms on the west side (even if they're woefully underdesigned.)

Because dude. Sometimes you just need to pee.

21st Aug 2007, 10:53   | tags:,

Caine says:

This is beyond stunning. I'm speechless.

21st Aug 2007, 10:56

bronxelf says:

Thanks. I took a bunch of photos there the other day. I was at the market so I took the time to pop upstairs and shoot some stuff, too.

21st Aug 2007, 11:06

OJ says:

Indeed. Nice view. I thought it was a reflection shot in the thumbnail.

I'm not a big fan of shopping malls (with the odd exception,like one in Milan but it's an arcade really)- in my experience it's unusual for them to feature outward-looking architecture. They usually want you to forget that you can leave....

21st Aug 2007, 11:21

bronxelf says:

This is a very unusual mall. As I said, we don't really do mall in NYC. There's only a bare handful. This one is just strange since it's mostly stores that are there to give them a presence in the building, rather than to make actual money.

21st Aug 2007, 12:07

Dhamaka says:

wonderful shot and I like your words too :)

21st Aug 2007, 12:51

Geodyne says:

That Whole Foods store is indeed wonderful. I've been really enjoying this series. This one particularly.

21st Aug 2007, 14:15

nige says:

what a fab shot. i really dig the framing.

21st Aug 2007, 15:56

FilbertFox says:

very interesting shot and info. Ta muchly

21st Aug 2007, 20:28

WhoseShoes says:

keep coming back to this as I keep seeing things I didnt before

Great shot :-)

22nd Aug 2007, 00:14

540air says:

I like this. It could be a giant window, a reflection, or even a wall made to look like the outside world. Cool :)

22nd Aug 2007, 10:15

kevzz says:

I want to go new york.

22nd Aug 2007, 18:39

alicat9 says:

gorgeous composition

22nd Aug 2007, 19:41