Norman Foster attended the recent groundbreaking ceremony for 425 Park Avenue, which will be the first full-block high-rise office building to be built on New York City's Park Avenue in the past 50 years. Foster+Partners, in collaboration with Adamson Associates, designed 425 Park to be a new icon in the Manhattan skyline, featuring a tri-blade, sheer wall top. In addition to its LEED Gold certification, the 560,000m² tower will be the first in New York to be WELL certified.
The high-rise office building sports three programmatic sections, each interfacing with its surroundings in a different way. The lower section is exposed to the street, the middle is recessed to the interior of the block, and the top consists of premium office space, exposing occupants to outreaching views of the city. Each section has multiple floors of sky gardens to bring a unique semi-natural experience into any level of the building. The ground floor is three stories tall, with vast open spaces suitable for large-scale galleries and even public events.
As the winners of a high-profile international competition, Foster+Partners were chosen to design 425 Park Avenue in 2012. Since then, the developing design has gained international attention as a forefront of architectural innovation in the promotion of well-being for its occupants. Foster+Partners explained their intention was to both acknowledge and respond to the rich history of high-rises in Manhattan, while also introducing a substantially more public entrance to Park Avenue.
Watch the speculative introduction to 425 Park Avenue here:
Construction is expected to wrap up in 2018. Read more on our past coverage of 425 Park Avenue here.
Location425 Park Ave
Architect in ChargeNorman Foster
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Additional ConsultantsVidaris Inc, Jenkins and Huntington, Habib Associates, Entek, Charlie Rizzo
PhotographsDBOX for Foster + Partners, Visualhouse for Foster + Partners, Courtesy of Foster + Partners