The First LEED Platinum Skyscraper Nearly Completed
After four years of construction the world’s most sustainable skyscraper is nearly completed! Situated at One Bryant park in Midtown Manhattan, the crystalline structure will be the first high-rise to receive LEED Platinum certification. Designed for Bank of America by Cook+Fox Architects and Gensler and developed by The Durst Organization, the luminous spire will introduce a dose of levity to New York’s skyline while incorporating an excellent assortment of sustainable strategies.
Designed to respond to dense urban conditions, One Bryant Park aims “to enhance the health and productivity of its tenants, reduce waste, and promote environmental sustainability”. The 54-story high rise interfaces seamlessly at the street level where it improves pedestrian and transit circulation with widened sidewalks, through-block passageways, and an urban garden room.
From there the skyscraper rises with a soaring facade composed of floor-to-ceiling high-performance glass that insulates the structure while saturating its interiors with daylight. An under-floor air delivery system efficiently provides for natural ventilation, while an on-site co-generation plant provides the structure with power and heat. The high rise is also able to capture and reuse rain and waste water to fulfill nearly all of its needs, which will allow it to save 10.3 million gallons of water each year. Finally, the skyscraper is constructed through and through with low VOC, reclaimed, and recycled materials sourced within 500 miles of New York City.
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