Architecture: Seagram Building, New York

Seagram Building

Mies van der Rohe was a German architect especially known for the construction of skyscrapers - tall buildings with glass facades. He mainly used glass for these projects, though he also incorporated concrete and steel. One of his notable works is the Seagram Building (above) in Midtown New York. Built between 1954 and 1958 for Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, the project required a lot of financing during its design and building. It was one of the most expensive skyscrapers in the world.

Seagram Building:

The Seagram Building, built by Mies van der Rohe, is a 157m skyscraper with 38 floors. Set 28m back from Park Avenue, the rules at the time of its construction meant it had to respect the width of the streets. There is a large granite plaza in front of the building. It is supported by reinforced concrete supports. Bronze posts and coloured windows help emphasise the structure.

Seagram Building, the most elegant skyscraper in New York:

Due to the valuable marble and bronze used in the design and construction of the Seagram Building, it is the most elegant skyscraper in New York. Many people are attracted to the plaza, which has public access and a water fountain. It helps differentiate the Seagram Building from all the other skyscrapers in New York.