FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
This new 32-storey building located on the corner of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, New York, is the first tower by David Chipperfield Architects in the city. It contains 57 private residences on its upper levels and a hotel below, extending to the 14 floor.
The design takes inspiration from the strong physical presence of the surrounding Historic Landmark buildings, such as the Knox Building to the west and the New York Public Library to the north. The structure is articulated following the traditional New York tower tripartite composition pf base, middle and crown. The base occupies the full width of the site and contains a double-height ground floor as well as the first four levels of the hotel. A decreased footprint, together with an increased floor-to-ceiling height for the hotel bar and lounge, mark the start of the central section. At the top, the crown is established by doubleheight spaces forming the two penthouses.
The polished precast concrete slabs and columns of the exterior follow a tectonic grid composition lending the building a classical appearance and firmly asserting its place within the streetscape. The concrete itself contains aggregates identical to the stone varieties found in the neighbouring buildings’ masonry façades, further embedding the tower into its context. This concrete building structure is also revealed in the interior, reinforcing a continuity of architectural substance and identity into the living spaces.
Each apartment is furnished with built-in wooden storage units at the centre which both separate the rooms and enable open circulation along the building’s perimeter walls. Through sliding screens, also placed at the centre, residents have the flexibility to adapt the rooms for changing living requirements. This spatial arrangement creates an open and accommodating living space with uninterrupted views of New York City.
David Chipperfield Architects’ completed a renovation of the adjacent Bryant Park Hotel in 2001. The practice’s other work in New York City includes the recently completed residential development on Jane Street in West Village and the new Rolex Building on Fifth Avenue (expected to complete in 2025).
Architects: David Chipperfield Architects, London. David Chipperfield, Billy Prendergast (project director), Mattias Kunz (project architect), Mira Abad, Pau Bajet, Gonçalo Baptista, Kleopatra Chelmi, Florian Dirschedl, Gabriel Fernandez-Abascal, Micha Gamper, Ines Gavelli, Maria Giramé, Christopher Harvey, Johannes Leskien, Nic Moore, Sergio Pereira (project team)
Contact Architect: Stonehill & Taylor Architects, P.C.
Lighting Consultant: George Sexton Associates LLC
Acoustic Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
Structural Engineer: Severud Associates Consulting Engineers P.C.
Services Engineer: WSP Group PLC
Real Estate Consultant: Corcoran Sunshine
Facade Consultant: Vidaris, Inc.
Contractor: T.G. Nickel & Associates LLC