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7 Bryant Park

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2010–16
Lead Designers
Henry N. Cobb Yvonne Szeto
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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 office floor plates. Within this simple 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.

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Site

Midtown Manhattan, overlooking Bryant Park

Client

Hines; Pacolet/Milliken Enterprises, Inc.

PCF&P Services

Architecture; exterior envelope; interior design of public spaces

Sustainability

LEED Gold Certified

Awards

Project of the Year
Engineering News Record New York, 2016

American Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum, 2016

Best Office Building
Engineering News Record New York, 2016

Tucker Design Award
Building Stone Institute, 2016

Award for Excellence: Finalist
Urban Land Institute New York, 2016

What excited us about it was the idea that because we’re in the corner, we can embrace the park in a way that other buildings can’t.”
Henry N. Cobb
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.

For its innovative use of stone, the lobby received the Tucker Design Award, the industry’s highest honor.

Project Credits

Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Jaros Baum & Bolles, New York, NY; Sustainable Design: Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC, New York; Images: Albert Vecerka/ESTO, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners