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Friday25 July 2014

Foster & Partners triumphs in New York skyscraper contest

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Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas vanquished

Foster & Partners has beaten some of the biggest names in architecture to win a competition for a new skyscraper in New York.

Foster + Partners' designs for 425 Park Avenue

Foster + Partners’ designs for 425 Park Avenue

The practice has been appointed to design 425 Park Avenue, a 60,000sq m tapering tower that will replace a 1957 wedding cake building in the heart of Manhattan.

Foster’s saw off stiff competition from fellow finalists Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects. All four are led by Pritzker laureates.

The invited longlist also included KPF, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier and Jean Nouvel.

The site, in the upscale Plaza district, is close to the Seagram Building and Lever House.

It will be the first full-block office development on this historic stretch of Park Avenue in nearly half a century.

A thrilled Norman Foster spoke of his personal connection with New York stretching back to his student days at Yale when the city’s new towers were a “magnet for every young architect”.

“Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then,” he said. “I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them.

“Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of this context – a tower that is for the city and for the people that will work in it.”

He hoped it would provide an “enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location”.

Developers L&L Holding and Lehman Brothers Holdings hopes the tower will be completed by the end of 2017.

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Readers' comments (7)

  • It'd be nice if the piece could be accompanied by images of the other competition entries.

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  • robert hodges

    Good to know Lehmans can help fund this in current times.

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  • shame about those slanted elements at the massing interchanges. Makes it look domestic, get rid of them.....

    The Ziggla knows

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  • mike makki

    i like the way its divided into 3 segments
    www.mikemakki.co.uk

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  • Iagree with the first comment and would like to see the other entries as well for the New York skyscraper.
    Agnes Kabdebo-Gedeon

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  • Malcolm Hecks

    I agree with earlier comments. For comparison, when may we see the other entries by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects?

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  • Hi Malcolm,
    Unfortunately we haven't been provided with images of the other entries. We'd love to put them up, and agree it would be useful for our readers. However, we are at the mercy of the practices and competition organisers here, so we just have to run with what we've been sent.
    Anna Winston,
    Online editor

  • @Ziggy they may look a bit dated from outside but I can imagine from inside the angled glass would give cool views of the sky and buildings towering above.

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