The David Adjaye-designed 130 William takes ‘out of context’ to the next level, but it’s not entirely unwelcome
There are architects, there are starchitects and then there is David Adjaye, for whom the term “rock starchitect” may need to be invoked.
The telegenic Bjarke Ingels may be his only rival for the title.
A native of Ghana who moved to England when he was 9, Adjaye was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential people of 2017.
And that fairy dust is certainly not being lost on the marketing of 130 William — a 66-story, 244-unit condo tower being developed by David Lichtenstein’s and Mitchell Hochberg’s Lightstone in Lower Manhattan.
With its massive arched windows, the building — which is under construction and is expected to wrap at 800 feet in 2020 — will look something like an alien spaceship coupled with Rome’s famed Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. That’s especially true given that it’s located in the Financial District, where it will stand near a number of postwar, rationalist high rises.
Adjaye, for his part, has characterized his design as a departure from today’s typical new development and as an embracing of the past.
“Understanding that rich history [of the Financial District], I was inspired to craft a building that turns away from the commercial feel of glass and that instead celebrates New York’s heritage of masonry architecture,” he was quoted saying in a news release announcing the project. But other than the fact that the windows curve at the top in the same manner as some of the other prewar structures阿拉爱上海同城