885 Third Avenue between
53rd ST and 54th ST
Officially named '53rd at Third', the Lipstick Building received it's fun nickname due to its elliptical structure and red colored granite, similar to a tube of lipstick. The developer, Gerald D. Hines asked for a building that would stand out in, what was at the time, an undesirable neighborhood and attract high-rent tenants. It's elliptical shape not only differentiates it from its surroundings, but also means that every office on the perimeter of the building is a 'corner office', which is one of the most coveted spots in any office and often occupied by only the highest positions in a company's hierarchy.
Philip Johnson and John Burgee
The 34-story building consists of three oval cylinders sitting on top of one other, creating an incline that moves away as it rises to the sky. Its oval shape takes up less space at the bottom than a typical, rectangular skyscraper, and this allows more street light availability. The architects claim that the elliptical shape of the columns surrounding the perimeter of the building are symbolic of the Baroque period.
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