Dezeen Debate features BIG’s “Allen key” Manhattan skyscrapers

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Architecture firm BIG has designed two skyscrapers that will be part of a four-tower development in Manhattan, New York. The project, named Freedom Plaza, will be comprised of two residential and two conjoined hotel skyscrapers that encircle a central park.

Commenters were divided over the designs. One remarked, “It wouldn’t look out of place in Dubai, but it stands out as being a clown-like gimmick in Manhattan.” Another commenter dubbed it “The Allen Key” due to its resemblance to the tool.

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Other stories in this week’s newsletter that fired up the comments section included a monolithic, concrete hall in Qinhuangdao, a walking aid for dogs by a trio of design students from Hongik University in Seoul and the latest project announced as part of Neom in Saudi Arabia.

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