Midtown Manhattan – 41 West 57th Street to be exact – is set to get a Lord of the Rings-inspired building, designed by Mark Foster Gage, a well known architect with several creative designs under his belt. Currently nicknamed “Khaleesi”, and not for the reason you think, as he said: “It’s not really called that – that was the codename we were calling it in the office. Two of my employees were really into Game of Thrones when we started working on it and it just kinda stuck. We also have a project code-named ‘Joffrey’ which hasn’t been released yet. So many code-name possibilities.” Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“This is a different way of thinking about complex forms in architecture – that they don’t need to be symbolically representative but just enjoyed for their formal qualities. It also gives people viewing it the right to develop their own narratives – I’ve had people say the project was a steampunk Art Deco fantasy, or that it looked like Michelangelo had designed it, or it was for the new Ghostbusters movie, or it was Mordor, or it was all about Eagles (and therefore patriotic),” adds Gage.