Foster + Partners broke ground last week on the new tower at 425 Park Avenue. Upon its completion, it will be the first full-block office tower to go up on Park Ave. for fifty years. The tower will be the first in New York to achieve WELL certification in addition to its LEED Gold accreditation. The tower is expected to open in 2018.
F+P won the international competition to design the new building in 2012 (check out this video of the winning proposal here). At this iconic Manhattan address, the tower will be divided vertically into three areas. The base of the building will be integrated with street level leading up to a recessed middle section, and finally a thinner column of premium offices with stellar views of Manhattan and Central Park. The design includes a first-class club floor with dining areas and meeting facilities for the building’s future occupants.
Speaking of those occupants, they’ve been taken into consideration throughout the whole design. The building will make architectural history as the first New York building to achieve WELL certification, which is in recognition of innovations to enhance the health and well-being of the people who will utilize the building for years to come.
Of the prime location, Lord Foster says that Park Avenue “has a life, a scale. The first thing that 425 has to do is contribute to that urbanity. In the spirit of those individual buildings – that include Seagram and Lever House – 425 has its own identity. It will contribute to the public domain both at ground level and the wider entity of the city.”
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