Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton called the Austrian
Cultural Forum, designed by Austrian architect and theorist Raimund
Abraham (1933-2010), the most spectacular modern structure built in
New York since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Museum. With
a width of just seven and a half meters and a depth of 25 meters,
the 24-story tower fits perfectly into Manhattan's 52nd Street,
with its symmetrical glass facade. Despite or because of the
exceedingly restrictive conditions of the location, Abraham
succeeded in producing extraordinary stylistic elements while
meeting utilitarian criteria ("my intention with the building was
to resolve the extreme condition of smallness of the site, its
void, its lateral compression," he later wrote). The first
publication devoted solely to this architectural marvel, "Raimund
Abraham & The Austrian Cultural Forum New York" features
contributions on a range of political, historical and aesthetic
issues related to the building and its creator.
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