Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel’s Bold Vision For The City Is Celebrated In Two New Works

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One of the first ‘starchitecture’ firms had a dramatic impact on NYC skyline with creations like ‘Sculpture for Living’ and Jewish Children’s Museum

The work of architects Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel seems ill-suited to New York. Their love of brash geometric buildings mixing sharp angles and swooping curves is at odds with the city’s rigid grid.

But Gwathmey Siegel & Associates was, and is, one of the city’s most successful and influential architecture firms of the past half-century. To see its indelible impact on the skyline, look no further than a pair of new monographs just released by Rizzoli.

Gwathmey, who died of cancer in 2009, was often described as macho, and his work with Siegel has a certain swaggering elegance. Take, for example, the undulating “Sculpture for Living” condos that ripple above Astor Place.
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