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Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners

  • 01:00 - 3 February, 2012
Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners
Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster and Partners, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi Courtesy of foster and partners +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
  • Architect

    Foster and Partners
  • Project Design

    Norman Foster
  • Structural Engineer

    WSP Cantour Seinuk
  • Construction

    Turner Construction
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Chuck Choi, Courtesy of foster and partners

From the architect. The first “green” high rise office building to be completed in New York City, Hearst Tower accurately represents the talent and intellect that drives Foster and Partners toward innovative and ground breaking design.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

The building's symmetrically jagged silhouette is easily recognizable in its surroundings. The diagrid facade comprised of triangulated steel frame was designed to use 21% less steel than traditional buildings of it's type. Also impressive is the statistic which states that 90% of the 10,480 tons of steel used is derived from recycled material.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

The glass and steel addition sits atop a six-story cast stone base, which was designed by Joseph Urban in 1928 at a cost of $2 million. Founded by William Randolph Hearst, the 40,000 square feet was designated a Landmark site during the initial designs of the addition. The new tower stands 46 stories tall, housing 80,000 square meters of office space.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

Hearst Tower entered the scene at a very important historical moment in American history, as it was the first skyscraper to be built after September 11, 2011. Foster and Partners' dedication to incomparable design becomes clearer with each project, with the Hearst Tower receiving the 2006 Emporis Skyscraper Award as the best skyscraper of the year in the world.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

Foster and Partners pushed the boundaries with their long list of environmental considerations which lead to the designation of Hearst Tower as New York City's first LEED Gold certified skyscraper. Heat conductive limestone paves the atrium floor, covering polyethylene tubing that circulates water year round to help control the ambient temperature of the building. During the rain, water is collected on the roof and then stored in the basement. This becomes key in the floor tubing, irrigation, and the water sculpture in the lobby.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

Icefall, the water sculpture that reaches three stories high, is constructed with thousands of glass panels and also contributes to the thermal conditions of the building by cooling and humidifying the air using the recycled rainwater. Hearst Tower remains at a comfortable temperature for a majority of the year by natural ventilation.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

Another obvious way to bring down the financial and environmental costs of the skyscraper is by optimizing the amount of natural light flowing through the building. To maximize the penetration of light, Foster limited the amount of interior walls so as to block less light. Light sensors are used to measure amounts of natural light and react automatically depending on what is needed.

© Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

Located at 300 West 57th Street, 959 8th Avenue enar Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Hearst Tower is the world headquarters of the entire Hearst Corporation housing publications and communications companies like Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Good Houskeeping, and Seventeen.

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Courtesy of foster and partners
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Liam · March 24, 2014

Do you know if this was a design-build contract? I'm trying to find examples for my Thesis

Hong · December 24, 2013

there is a wrong year of 9.11. it's suppose 2001 instead of 2011.

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