The New York Times Building, at center, by Renzo Piano. (Photo by C-M.)
When Renzo Piano’s New York Times building went up a couple of years back, I can’t say I was exactly enchanted with the new addition to the city’s skyline. The grey ceramic rods that cover the exterior are cold, especially on cloudy days, when they provide about as much visual stimulation as cement. But, I have to confess, I’ve grown to like the structure’s exterior – principally at dusk, when this lumpen tower of grey starts to blend with the slate-colored sky and its innards are slowly illuminated. The ultimate big reveal.