Referencing Rudolph

Text by Yilun Ying

The design for this complex reminded me a lot of Paul Rudolph's design for the LoMex (Lower Manhattan Expressway) that was never materialized (another one of those Robert Moses highway projects that got thwarted by Jane Jacobs). Rudolph proposed a series of sloping slabs, much like that of Golden Mile Complex, straddling an expressway that would cut through the fabric of Lower Manhattan. I wouldn't be surprised that DP architects were very influenced by these designs, given that some of the founders were studying architecture in the states in the 50's when these designs are proposed.

Lower Manhattan Expressway, New York City (Image source: Library of Congress)