A novel gesture transforms this Midtown Manhattan office tower into a memorable presence that enriches the public realm. Consisting of a lower rectangular podium of nine floors and a rectangular tower of 21 floors set back above, the building conforms to the mandated zoning envelope and setbacks while maximizing floor plates. Within this volume, two conical incisions—one pointing up, the other down, with their apexes touching at the setback level—animate the building as seen from the park. At street level, the form is further dramatized by a generous circular canopy that shelters a welcoming public space where pedestrians can pause to enjoy the prospect of one of the city’s most treasured landscapes. The exterior motifs are carried into the lobby, where conoid panels of carved limestone line the walls, triangles of marble and granite ornament the floor, and a water feature and lushly planted greenwall make a vivid connection with the park beyond.
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is an international architectural firm based in New York City. Across six decades of practice, we have produced an exceptionally diverse portfolio of workâ€”in scale, program, purpose, and expression. We are widely recognized for our commitment to craft, our sophisticated sense of form, our attention to shaping the public realm, and our ability to navigate complex projects and sensitive contexts.