Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava

is continuing to put his imprint on downtown Manhattan: The Times' David Dunlap reports that he's designing a new residential building near the South Street Seaport, which "would take the form of an offset stack of 45-foot glass cubes, a dozen in all, each intended to house only one or two families." And from the rendering, it looks amazing. At this point, it doesn't seem the building's 1000 foot height will be a problem for the historic area, as the LMDC says, "It's such an unusual building, it's worth taking a chance on." And Calatrava says about designing in New York, "If I was not born in this lifetime in New York, certainly in a previous life, I was a New Yorker."

Herbert Muschamp loves it: "The tower is effervescent, lighter than air. Yet its impact on the skyline is likely to be profound, not merely as an individual work of genius but as an example of what can be achieved when a city rediscovers the quality of delight." (The building reminded him of Warhol's Silver Clouds.) Muschamp also gives Calatrava a reading list.

Gothamist is big fans of what his design for the new PATH station looks like.