Beauty, Order And Convenience
Manhattan appears like a spectacular landscape. Situated between two wide rivers, it features hills and mountain groups with striking peaks that attract attention by day and night. The borough’s rock formations aren’t natural landmarks but architectural buildings from different historical periods. Manhattan’s vertical cliffs are made of sandstone, granite and glass.
Its grid layout, wisely created by the Common Council of New York in 1811, gives Manhattan a man-made, engineered characteristic. Thanks to this structure, the borough becomes understandable and usable, just like intended at the time.
Seen from a distance, Manhattan comprises innumerous facades, technical facilities and windows of all shapes and dimensions. It is this overwhelming graphic variety that makes the borough so visually attractive.