Quote of Note | Robert A.M. Stern

Frank’s new apartment building (pictured) is very straightforward, it’s just that he has this idea of the façade. Most buildings in New York are façades. One of his four façades is totally flat [the other three feature his signature curves]. I said to him one day, ‘Frank, you know I love your south elevation.’ He looked at me very unhappily. It’s really very well-done, very restrained, very cool in the best sense of the word. The north elevation is a little forced to my taste. But then it’s not about my taste or somebody else’s taste. It’s perfectly viable and extremely interesting. Now Jean Nouvel’s new building—the façade there is very forced. It’s silly, in my opinion. Frank’s IAC Building next door is much freer in shape. It’s very sculptural, and intriguing in and of itself.”

Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, in a recent interview with Josephine Minutillo in Architectural Digest