Friday, December 15, 2006

Lipstick Building

The Lipstick Building on 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue in midtown, received its name from the shape of the structure, which looks like a tube of lipstick and the red band between each floor, the color of lipstick. The majority tenant in the building is a law office.

It was designed by famed American architects, Richard Burgee and Philip Johnson and opened in 1986. The building has three levels with each level being smaller than the preceding ones. It rises 34 floors high and is 453 feet (138 meters) tall.

Philip Johnson's other notable work includes the Glass House in New Canaan, CT and the Seagram Builiding in New York City. The Seagram Building is a collaboration with Mies van der Rohe, another prolific and well known architect.