Monday, September 1, 2008
At Seven Berry, evidence of what happens when luxury condos are built without
bike racks balconies.
On a related note, Seven Berry is yet another example of the folly of glass houses. Most of the units on the upper floors facing Berry look to be occupied, and they are hodgepodge of window treatments. This was clearly not the look the architect intended – renderings of these buildings always show luminescent glass boxes, with people living fabulous lives for all to see. Of course few people are capable of living a life for all to see, so people put up curtains. Mies van der Rohe got it right at the Seagram Building – everyone gets a venetian blind with three positions, up, middle and down.
At the ground floor, they have opted for mirror glass. This too is not an elegant solution.
(To be fair, this photo was taken in the late morning, when the sun is pretty harsh on this side of the building.)