|Mies van der Rohe and Phyllis Lambert (Photo: The Canadian Centre for Architecture)
|Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, Seagram Building, N.Y.,1954 (Photo by Ezra Stoller)
Wright will undoubtedly design the most unique building in New York and it will surely be good architecture... but he cannot get beyond the sketch stage...the roof will probably leak; the heating system and the lights probably won't work; he will make it extremely difficult to house your employees because he will place them where he wants them, not where they are practically located. When you get through (if you ever finish it) it will cost twice as much as any other building.(Lambert, "Building Seagram" p. 28)
Slater was probably right in many respects but the Seagram Building, clad in anodized bronze and crafted like a Stradivarius, did cost twice as much as any other building and it was well worth it.
|What Wright had in mind? "The Mile High" 1956 (The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)