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Sony Tower is a 37-story highrise skyscraper in Manhattan. Formerly known as the AT&T Building, Sony bought the building from AT&T in 2002, then sold it to the Chetrit Group in 2013. The building was designed by architect Philip Johnson and partner John Burgee, completed in 1984, and close in concept to the 1982 Humana Building by Michael Graves. It became immediately controversial for its ornamental top (sometimes mocked as "Chippendale", after the open pediments characteristic of the famous English designer's bookcases and other cabinetry), but enjoyed for its spectacular arched entranceway, measuring about seven stories in height. With these ornamental additions, the building challenged architectural modernism's demand for stark functionalism and purely efficient design. The effect the building had on the public at large has been described as legitimizing the postmodern architecture movement on the world stage. Sony Tower is also home to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, a free interactive media museum featuring games, exhibits, a theater - truly a hands-on experience

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