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Graphic Arts Center, New York, NY, 1967. Project Not Built


"A Graphic Arts Center proposed for a site on the Hudson River, New York City, designed by Paul Rudolph, is intended to utilize prefabrication techniques to create as a multifunctional, multi-use building complex. The scheme, intended to provide high-quality industrial space for New York’s legal and financial printers and color lithographers, would devote 12 levels to: a trucking-service floor; parking for 2,100 cars; a plaza level with elementary school; recreational facilities; five floors for use (starting at plaza level) by the color lithographers terraced back over the plaza; and seven floors for use by legal and financial printers. Total square footage for these functions would be 3,285,000.
This industrial complex is intended to serve as a 'man-made hill' terraced for residential and commercial use above. Two office towers, one 31 stories and the other 17 stories, providing 1,455,000 gross square feet, would complete the concept.
The community would include 4,050 apartment units. This housing would be made of light-weight prefabricated units, similar in construction to those used in the mobile home industry. These units would be supported by cables hung from large trusses cantilevered from vertical towers. These cores are placed at right angles to each other, thereby allowing one to brace the next. The apartments would be arranged in an overlapping manner, so that the roof of the lower units would form a terrace for the units above."
"Buildings in the News: Architects Propose New Housing to Improve the Quality of Life in the City: A Graphic Arts Center." Architectural Record 142 (October 1967): 40.
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