Citigroup From Below

By TyChee    
From Wikipedia:

From the beginning, the Citigroup Center was an engineering challenge. When planning for the skyscraper began in the early 1970s, the northwest corner of the proposed building site was occupied by St. Peter's Lutheran Church. The church allowed Citicorp to demolish the old church and build the skyscraper under one condition: a new church would have to be built on the same corner, with no connection to the Citicorp building and no columns passing through it, because the church wanted to remain on the site of the new development, near one of the intersections. (Part of the church can be seen in V4) Architects wondered at the time if this demand was too much and would make the proposal unfeasible.
Structural engineer William LeMessurier set the 59-story tower on four massive 114-foot (35-m)-high columns, positioned at the center of each side, rather than at the corners. This design allowed the northwest corner of the building to cantilever 72 feet (22 m) over the new church. To accomplish these goals LeMessurier designed a system of stacked load-bearing braces, in the form of inverted chevrons. Each chevron would redirect the massive loads to their center, then downward into the ground through the uniquely positioned columns.

Tags: Architecture Nyc Citigroup Center

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Comments


rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
19 Apr 2013 12:11AM
Dynamic architecture Ty !!
Ron.

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High Ty, Wow, did you put the clouds in, or are you just a lucky b*****d, or are you the type who gets "luckier" with more practice? Once again, great description. Thanks, Si
gwynn56 4 87 England
19 Apr 2013 1:49AM
nice set of images SmileSmile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
19 Apr 2013 5:36AM
Great POV:s

Peter
derrymaine 2 17 Greece
19 Apr 2013 6:18AM
great composition, love the geometry
19 Apr 2013 7:07AM
Very effective studies and altogether give us a "visit" to this modern centre and we have the history too. I agree the clouds were the icing on the cake.Well done.

Harriet
mrswoolybill Plus
9 843 1373 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 8:59AM
All good, I particularly like the way V4 fills the frame. The basic composition is similar to V1 but it works better for me.
Moira
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 9:03AM
A modern day acropolis wonderfully photographed Ty. Image number 4 is my winner for today, a real frame filler.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 10:39AM
Superb series...
19 Apr 2013 11:41AM
Brilliant POVs, Ty!
There's so much to see when you look up!

Richard
KingBee Plus
9 442 2 Scotland
19 Apr 2013 11:53AM
A great angular set.

Regards.

Bob
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
19 Apr 2013 12:09PM
A steel forest.
Beautiful set of brilliant architecture captures !
George
19 Apr 2013 6:36PM
Happy to be number 30GrinGrin Brilliant set of architecture! Image number is the winner for today if you haven't notice the clouds the word "you" it must have a been a message or somethingGrinGrin just a thought!! As always great work well done!!
Mina
20 Apr 2013 8:23PM
Superb series... v3 for me
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
21 Apr 2013 12:23PM
Beautifully composed series with V3 my favourite.
Rende
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
21 Apr 2013 5:11PM
Very strong composition
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
22 Apr 2013 7:16PM
Love the perspectives and clarity in these, Ty. Wonderful.

Andrew
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
29 Apr 2013 9:28PM
What an impressive set of images of urban architecture, such wonderful perspectives, angles and geometry

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