TIME WARNER CENTER -- as viewed above through a steel world globe honoring Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World -- is a modern 69-story rectangular skyscraper constructed of glass and steel with many angles. Designed by architects David Childs and Mustafa Kemal, the building overlooks Columbus Circle and Central Park’s beautiful West 59th Street entrance. Its two glass towers are built above a front podium of 20 stories. The globe is somewhat reminiscent of a steel globe designed for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. The complex includes restaurants and shops as well as a luxury hotel and a concert hall (for Jazz at Lincoln Center). CNN, AOL Time Warner’s cable channel, has a street-level studio here. The design of Time Warner pays homage to the streets of New York. The curvature of the base helps frame Columbus Circle, the angle of the two towers aligns with Broadway, and the space between the towers gives the illusion that 59th Street passes through.
Stars of many changing colors (bottom) grace the lobby of the Time Warner Center during the holiday season.