Lever House is a seminal glass-box skyscraper at 390 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built in the International Style according to the design principles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois (design coordinator) of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Completed in 1952, it was the second curtain wall skyscraper in New York City after the United Nations Secretariat Building. The 307ft building features an innovative courtyard and public space.Add Lever House to your New York City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our New York City journey planning tool .
The construction of Lever House marked a transition point for Park Avenue in Midtown, changing from a boulevard of masonry apartment buildings to one of glass towers as other corporations adopted the International Style for new headquarters.
In 1959, the building's design was copied as the Emek Business Center in Ankara, in 1961 as the Terminal Sud of Paris-Orly, and in 1965 as the highrise of the Europa-Center in Berlin.
The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1982 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
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It was great fun to visit this lobby art exhibition. The windows are covered in an acid green color that really give off an otherworldly glow. The exhibition itself is in two parts, small but substant... more »
Das Lever House wurde von Gordon Bunshaft, einem bei Skidmore Owings and Merrill SOM Architects tätigen Architekten entworfen und 1951/52 gebaut. Es hat grosse architektonische Qualität, ist mittlerwe... more »The Lever House was designed one of Gordon Bunshaft at Skidmore Owings and Merrill SOM architects working architects and built in 1951-52. It has great architectural quality, is now listed as "Historic place" and was renovated in 2003. At the time it was the first high off in NYC with a curtain wall facade. For Arne Jacobsen, this building was the model for his project to the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. On the ground floor, you will find an open-air bar and an Isamu Noguchi sculpture garden is installed in the lobby.
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