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200 West Street: Global Financial Company Headquarters

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2004–10
Lead Designers
Henry N. Cobb Jay L. Berman

This headquarters building, designed to consolidate the client’s several New York City offices in a single location, derives its unique form from two fundamental considerations: the client’s specific business requirements and the site’s important setting within Lower Manhattan.

Located directly across Vesey Street from the World Financial Center and just north of the World Trade Center site across West Street, the building is a play between its angular geometries along West and Murray Streets—reflecting the two dominant planning grids of Lower Manhattan—and its sweeping, curved, west facade facing the Hudson River. With a total gross floor area of approximately 2.1 million square feet, the building comprises 45 stories above grade and rises to a height of 740 feet.

Show Facts
Site

Corner of West & Vesey streets, in Lower Manhattan

Components

2,175,000 ft2 / 202,000 m2 gross area; offices, lobby, trading floors, conference centers, fitness center, cafeteria, executive floors

PCF&P Services

Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of primary public spaces, oversight of multiple interiors architects

Sustainability

LEED Gold Certified

Awards

Chapter Award
American Institute of Architects, New York City Chapter, 2010

The Emporis Skyscraper Award
Emporis, 2010

The tower’s stainless steel and glass skin, coupled with three major setbacks as the building rises, animate its form while reinforcing its relationship to its surroundings.
The existing mid-block pedestrian walkway, covered by a sculptural glass canopy and lined with retail spaces, has become an important gathering place and pedestrian link between the World Financial Center and the North Residential Neighborhood of Battery Park City.
Project Credits

Architectural Consultant: Adamson Associates; Structural: Halcrow Yolles; Landscape: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York; Mechanical: Cosentini Associates, New York; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Alex MacLean/Landslides Photo, Paul Warchol