Fugly? Or Just Plain Bad?

Sometimes critic of architecture Transfer continues his posts of architectural hate, this time with 3 Park Avenue, the Norman Thomas High School for Commercial Education.

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Interestingly, according to Transfer, this is the last building by the architecture firm that authored the Empire State Building, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon.

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Here's an image from New York Architecture in Images.

It appears that the architects wanted the building to stand out, specifically because the building turns its tower mass 45 degrees from Manhattan's grid. This is a maneuver that is anti-contextual in its urbanism and is coupled by the anti-contextualism of solid brick walls on its lower third.

(via Curbed)