Office Tower At 7 Bryant Park Glamour To Midtown Manhattan
Meet one of the most energy efficient and technically advanced buildings in NYC.
Manhattan offices have come a long way. With work and life balance issues at the forefront of everyone’s minds, offices these days have to be a lot of things to a lot of people.
Firstly, they have to be offices. Secondly, they have to be ultra modern, hi-tech and relaxing with unique designs. In short—the kind of place you wouldn’t know whether to sit down for a business meetings or take off your clothes and prepare for a Shiatsu and steam. With this in mind, may I present to you 7 Bryant Park.
The 30-story building at 40th street and Sixth Avenue is garnering much kudos in engineering and architectural circles. The glass and steel structure, which sits on the former site of the former headquarters of textile maker Milliken & Co., is undoubtedly a thing of beauty. It has more curves than a wet t-shirt contest and yet is as severe and straight as a nun’s ruler in a parochial school. Clearly, location has had a lot to do with the progressive and innovative approach to the construction. Bryant Park, which has served as a venue for Fashion Week, offers winter ice skating and sponsors pop-up boutiques. An office tower could only be allowed to be so boring.
The project is partnership between Pacolet Milliken and Hines, a global real-estate investor and developer based in Houston. The developer earned an extra floor area ratio when it agreed to do a certain level of infrastructure upgrading to the Metropolitan Transit Authority subway station at the location.
The tower turns on the glamour, befitting its fashion forward location courtesy of expansive, panoramic glass panels and horizontal spandrels of satin-finish stainless steel. A core-first construction—the procedure of pouring concrete prior to erecting a steel frame which saves on costs and cuts down on noise in the building—also added to the construction credibility.
“It is one of the signature public spaces in New York [and] it spills onto our site,” Tommy Craig, senior managing director at Hines, told the Wall Street Journal. “We will be bringing Bryant Park in.”
“Even though office buildings are private and theoretically don’t have civic responsibility, nevertheless, I think every building has a civic responsibility related to its place,” architect Henry Cobb expounded in the WSJ. “Every building should contribute to making a place.”
Proving there’s more to the saying “build it and they will come,” than a Kevin Costner’s baseball movie, the Bank of China agreed late last year to buy the building for nearly $600 million. The deal doesn’t include the land beneath the tower, which is leased long-term from Pacolet Milliken Enterprises. Bank of China will occupy about 40 percent of the building and lease out the rest.
Its LEED Gold building certification, green walls, terraces and energy-saving measures, such as power-generating 365-kilowatt micro turbines and a storm weather reclamation system, make it one of the most energy efficient and technically advanced in a neighborhood, clustered with older structures. The penthouse terrace overlooking Bryant Park is reserved for the tenant occupying floors 26-28. It features 840 square feet of outdoor space with a dedicated elevator and stairwell, optional fireplace and kitchen prep area.
You might also get some work done there as well.
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