A novel gesture transforms this Midtown Manhattan office tower into a memorable presence that enriches the public realm.
Consisting of a lower rectangular podium of nine floors and a rectangular tower of 21 floors set back above, the building conforms to the mandated zoning envelope and setbacks while maximizing office floor plates. Within this simple volume, two conical incisions – one pointing up, the other down, with their apexes touching at the setback level – animate the building as seen from the park.
At street level, the form is further dramatized by a generous circular canopy that shelters a welcoming public space where pedestrians can pause to enjoy the prospect of one of the city’s most treasured landscapes.
Photo credits: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners