425 Park Avenue / Foster + Partners

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As we announced in early October, British powerhouse Foster + Partners have been declared as winner of the six-month long, all-star competition to design the next “landmark” high rise on the prime site of 425 Park Avenue in City. The tapered, steel-frame office tower is planned to rise 687 feet to claim a spot on the City skyline by 2017. Upon competition, the world-class high rise is expected to achieve LEED Gold status and serve as an exemplar for sustainable office design.

Foster’s concept succeeded visions from Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers (view all the proposals here). Construction is expected to begin in 2015, shortly after the completion of Foster’s first U.S. residential high rise, which broke ground this week in New York.

Details of 425 Park Avenue after the break…

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Norman Foster stated: “Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of its context and celebrated Modernist neighbors – a tower that is for the City and for the people that will work in it, setting a new standard for office design and providing an enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location.”

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“Clearly expressing the geometry of its structure, the tapered steel-frame tower rises to meet three shear walls that will be illuminated, adding to the vibrant New York City skyline. Its elegant facade seamlessly integrates with an innovative internal arrangement that allows for three gradated tiers of column-free floors. Offering world-class, sustainable office accommodation, the new building anticipates changing needs in the workplace with large, flexible open floor plates. Each of the three tiers – low, medium and high-rise – is defined by a landscaped terrace with panoramic views across Manhattan and Central Park. To maximize the Park Avenue frontage, the core is placed to the rear, where glazed stairwells reveal long views towards the East River, while at street level, there is potential for a large civic plaza with significant works of art.”

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Foster + Partners Virtual Tour of Concept Design:

Foster + Partners Presentation – Round 1, July 2012:

Foster + Partners Presentation – Round 2, September 2012:

Architect: Foster + Partners
Location: 425 Park Avenue, New York City, NY
Client: L&L Holding Company
Height: 687 ft
Stories: 41
Floorplate: 11,200 – 24,400 gsf
Ceiling Height: 14 – 42 ft
Projected ground-breaking: 2015
Projected completion: 2017

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "425 Park Avenue / Foster + Partners" 16 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=294594>
  • http://www.behance.net/VERA_PROJECT David Vera

    I still think OMA should have won.

    • t

      couldn’t agree more. OMA should have won.

      • CG

        Really? I like both buildings but i feel like OMA’s building was massive whereas fosters was sort of slick and elegant which I think worked much better, although that said I still say the interior of OMA’s design was better

  • Roger

    Can archdaily post the rest of the presentations as well?

  • Gordan

    I disagree. Considering strong visual architecture identity of Manhattan, Foster fits better…

  • mr ntshole

    i fill foster + partners, it has such strong architecture identity. OMA is just solid, what happed to the terrace that one relates to the city.

  • Evil Potato

    Poor humans that have to inhabit those brutal floorplates. I wonder if they clip their beaks to stop them pecking each other?

    Some of the poor buggers must be 25 metres from a window