This is my favorite skyscraper in Manhattan. Norman Foster did an outstanding job juxtapositioning an Art Deco limestone existing building with it’s soaring geometric tower without compromising the stylistic integrity of either. He did not make the new look old or the old look irrelevant but made each a compliment to the either. They share rigid geometry expressed at different scales and with different materials appropriate to their respective roles. The base is more intricate with Deco details to be appreciated by the pedestrian while the tower shimmers elegantly in the skyline with its large scaled white diamonds.
Now, without further adieu I’ve gathered & edited the Hearst Tower’s BLDG Basics. For further detail feel free to visit the SOURCES:
LOCATION 57th St & 8th Ave, Manhattan, NY COMPLETED 1928 [base] 2006 [tower] ARCHITECT[s] Joseph Urban [base] Lord Norman Foster [tower] “The Hearst tower expresses its own time with distinction, yet respects and strengthens the existing six-story historical structure,” said Lord Foster. “The tower is lifted clear of its historic base, linked on the outside only by columns and glazing, which are set back from the edges of the site. The transparent connection floods the spaces below with natural light and encourages the impression of the new floating above the old.” [source] PROGRAMworld headquarters of Hearst Corp. commercial officepublic lobby & cafe ELEMENTS 6 story cast stone facade base 80% recycled structural steel diagrid frame glass curtain wall SIZE 597ft / 46 floors / 861,100 sq ft TYPE Highrise
STYLE art deco [base] structural expressionism [tower]
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES 1st LEED Gold office building in NY rainwater collection natural light & ventilation connected to the Columbus Circle subway station