Foster & Partners to replace SOM Manhattan tower

JP Morgan Chase's existing building at 270 Park Avenue in New York - designed by SOM in the 1960s

New building will be 20 storeys taller

Foster & Partners has won a competition to design a new headquarters building in New York for US investment bank JP Morgan Chase.

The 70-storey tower will replace a 52-storey Miesian-influenced tower designed by SOM in the 1960s just a few blocks from Mies’ Seagram Building on Park Avenue.

The news triggered an outcry from conservationists who argue the building should be preserved.

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