15 Penn Plaza that located in New York, United States, was designed by Editorial. While the project has its share of supporters, chief among them Mayor Bloomberg who thinks the building will be a tremendous boon to the city‚Äôs economy, most people are against it, citing a bevy of reasons from the building‚Äôs underwhelming appearance to the harm it will bring to the Empire State Building ‚Äì a structure that topped the list as the most beloved building in the United States in a survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects in 2007.
While Mayor Bloomberg has been quoted as saying that every building built in Manhattan alters the skyline, there are some degrees of alteration that are simply not acceptable. One such example is the demolition of historic Penn Station, which most New Yorkers agree was an unfortunate mistake that should not be repeated. But somehow the lessons of Penn Station did not resonate with those who approved this new office tower, who granted numerous concessions to expand the building 50% beyond what is permitted by as right zoning. The issue is not so much the design of the tower, per se, although I‚Äôm sure it is for some, but rather the design of this tower at this location. While many people said they would have no issue with the tower if were built elsewhere, the general consensus is that it simply doesn‚Äôt have the gravitas required for the address.