Mies on Scene

The Pavilion Apartments (click photo to enlarge).

ArchNewsNow has put up a piece from dead-tree sibling Oculus about three giant Mies towers in New Jersey.

Built 46 years ago north of Newark to try to bring middle-class residents to an area of low-income buildings, the towers are ginormous and a bit brutal looking, and kind of excellent. We were saying to someone just last night how sometimes a certain kind of brutality in architecture can approach sublimity.

The author is Fred Bernstein, who has also taken “second looks” at buildings like the Tracey Towers in the Bronx, also a personal favorite of this correspondent.

Anyway, read it here.

– Tom McGeveran

Mies on Scene