Architect of 432 Park Reveals Building's Design Inspired By... A Trash Can?

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432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. It was inspired, say the architect and developer, by this 1905 trash can by Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann.
Photo: Wired

Anything can inspire art. A recent revelation by the architect of one of the tallest buildings in the City, 432 Park Avenue, is a perfect example.

According to the building’s architect, Rafael Viñoly, 432 Park’s design was inspired by a trash bin originally created by Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann in 1905. According to Wired, Hoffmann’s piece is actually worth $225!

In a lecture last year, the building’s architect, Rafael Viñoly, said that while “there are so many inspirations,” Hoffmann’s work in particular inspired the grid-like exterior of 432 Park. At a more recent lecture in December, 432 Park Avenue’s developer Harry Macklowe echoed Viñoly, saying that the gridded pattern on the Hoffmann bin heavily influenced the cubic facade. Indeed, if you look at the two designs side by side, the design twinning is undeniable.

Garbage bins aside, 432 Park boasts one of the best views in the City with the penthouse selling last year for $80 million.

via Wired

Alexandra Hudson

Alexandra Hudson

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Alexandra Hudson is 21 years old and is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Journalism. When she is not writing an essay or reading Harry Potter she enjoys running long distances and quoting movies.

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