This much maligned, mixed-use, 68-story building is big, brassy and bold.
By New York standards, it is spectacular and epitomizes many popular visions of successful "lifestyles."
As brash developer Donald J. Trump's "signature" project, this is surprisingly subdued and architecturally has gotten somewhat of a bum rap. Equitable Life Assurance Society of The United States was the co-developer.
As bronze-colored glass towers go, it is very fine because of its detailing and, more importantly, its thin, stepped massing.
The 644-foot-high tower is made to appear even thinner by its sawtooth plan, which also creates more corner windows that are more salable. (The project's apartment layouts had to be modified during construction when it was discovered that too many corner bedrooms "looked" into other apartment bedrooms.)
The unusual layout also proved that flat-roof buildings are not necessarily ugly even in a Post-Modern age. From many pedestrian vantage points, the tower's top is rather zigzag. Indeed, this is quite a complex design, both inside and out.
The vertical stepping of the base of the tower on Fifth Avenue is brilliantly executed to create great visual interest for pedestrians, especially because the setbacks are lushly landscaped and play host to choral groups during the Christmas season, perhaps the most charming holiday display in a city and a neighborhood noted for its festive celebrations.
The stepping effect of the tower is thematically continued with the lobby atrium's great seven-story waterfall beneath the large, angled skylight. The waterfall was in front of rose, peach, pink and orange Breccia Perniche marble.