The Lipstick Building

The Lipstick Building

This is the “Lipstick Building” or 53rd at Third in New York City. It was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee and was built in 1986. This postmodern office building was built to sharply contrast the surrounding architecture in every way. The red granite exterior introduces color into an otherwise drab skyline and the curvature stands along amongst boxes and rectangles. It was meant to bring high rent tenants to a less desirable neighborhood but has seemingly failed at that task. Burgee and Johnson moved their firm into the building until later selling it to Bernie Madoff who made off with billions from the 17th through 19th floor in which only about 24 people worked.

New York Architecture Images- 885 Third Ave. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2016, from

Lipstick Building. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2016, from

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