This is the outdoor billboard ad for the recent controversial Calvin Klein Underwear ad featuring Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. This particular billboard spot — a massive ad space on the side of a building in SoHo — has been occupied by Calin Klein advertisements for more than a decade.
In Vol. 29 of the photo project series What’s Outside the Window? are these images we took at sunrise this morning of the downtown Manhattan skyline as seen through the window panes of an old-school lofts building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The view out the window from the seventh floor Sky Room of the New Museum in New York City. This photo was taken on a recent snowy day and shows the Lower Manhattan skyline in the distance and the rooftops and tenements of the Lower East Side and Nolita in the foreground. The tallest building is the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center building, or “Freedom Tower,” built at the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed on 9/11.
The view looking out a tenth-floor window at the offices of global advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. The view faces east over the snow-covered tenements and low-rise apartment buildings of Hell’s Kitchen in the foreground and toward the skyscrapers of Times Square and Midtown Manhattan in the distance, seen here on this blustery New York City afternoon.
The capital city of Costa Rica doesn’t have much of a high-rise skyline to speak of. But one unmissable architectural landmark on San Jose’s urban landscape is a massive brutalist skyscraper that’s home to the Instituto Nacional de Seguros.
Depending on your point of view, the building is either an ugly eyesore, an oddly ambitious and out of place gesture of modernist architecture, or it’s an architectural gem, a shining, living example of brutalism.
In any case, the structure is one of the largest in San Jose and it’s architecturally significant. The brutalist style was an influential architectural movement that came of age in the 1950s and was in vogue for a time in the ’60s and ’70s, a time when many large cities in Latin America were experiencing a building boom. (See more examples of San Jose architecture here and here.)