So I was bicycling along 5th Avenue the other day, looked up and saw this.
A half cylinder made entirely of glass about 15 stories up.
I wonder what it is?
Turns out it’s the work of a Professor at Cooper Union, a German architect named Georg Windeck.
Windeck studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and it shows.
His assignment was to join two floors for a client who purchased both, so he swiped a bit of space from the exterior terrace and installed a helical stairway.
The results are very cool, I think. This ain’t your father’s staircase.
The whole thing was fabricated in a shop and then flown up by crane.
Waterproofing, the stair and rail plus a bit of flooring et... voila.
Like sculpture from the street.
It overlooks the Guggenheim, too.