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This skyscraper is on the corner of 1st Avenue United Nations Plaza and E 44th Street – New York

Today also two version.
The pictures are taken upwards close to the façade.

Version I – this picture – Concentrated on the building – no distraction of the sky – abstract image
Version II – Workshop – Sky included – Total image just as you can see it

The building is the One UN Plaza – the reference above the entrance is for the building next door.

ONE UN PLAZA is built for the U.N. Development Corporation - a 1968 joint agency by the city, state and the U.N. for developing U.N. office space and facilities in New York - as a part of the planned large-scale extension for the United Nations across First Avenue.
After a discarded first plan made in 1968, the second proposal was ready for construction in 1969. It was a plan for a four-building complex of 40-storey towers, with an enormous glass-walled atrium that rose to the 40-storey height of the buildings it flanked. The FAR of the planned 280,000 m² complex was eventually 18, instead of the zoned 12, but as the federal funding was troubled, the NY state came to help -- in return of decreasing the FAR to 15. The deal also secured only funding for the first building in the reduced complex.

The Hotel and Office Building -- a combined office, apartment and hotel tower -- was not, however, completed until in 1976. The height of the tower was, moreover, curtailed to comply with the ruling that the new high-rises in the vicinity of the United Nations may not exceed its height. (The Trump World Tower a few blocks to the north was started in direct violation of the ruling, enabled by a variance, and finally approved in a courthouse.)

The 39-storey building has 33,450 m² of office space (to the 26th floor) and 247 hotel rooms (the next 13 floors), some of them duplexes with dual-height living rooms. On the 27th floor is the health club with its glass-walled swimming pool offering a view over the city, and on the 39th is the only hotel tennis court available in Manhattan.

Architect: Roche Dinkeloo
Roche-Dinkeloo was established in 1966 as a partnership between a designer and a technologist. Roche acted as the principal designer while Dinkeloo provided expertise in construction and technology. Together they created stimulating examples of both civic and corporate architecture during the 1960s and 1970s.
John Dinkeloo was born in Holland, Michigan in 1918. He studied at the University of Michigan School of Architecture, after which he worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. He joined the firm of Eero Saarinen in 1950, making partner five years later. (source: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/)

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