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Old June 4th, 2007, 09:24 AM   #1
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SNEAK PEAK of Development Threads: NYTT

New York Times Tower



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Status: Under Construction

STATS

Location: 620 8th Avenue | Between West 41 & 40 street
Height:
1,140 | 347 meters (to spire)
840 feet | 256 meters (to ceramic screen)
748 feet | 228 meters (to roof)
Floors: 52
Timetable: 2004 - 2007
Use: Office | Residential | Retail
Architect: Renzo Piano | Fox & Fowle
Developer: Forest City Ratner

INFORMATION

From The Architect:

Announcing the construction of a new building in the heart of Manhattan takes on a special meaning, and it is not with defiance that we launch this project. The truth is, we love this city, we love the values it represents, and the values architecture represents.

Each architecture tells a story, and the story this new building for the New York Times proposes is one of lightness and transparency, not defiance. Towers, as we know, are often symbols of arrogance and power, but this will not be our case. While building a tower fulfills the greatest challenge in the upward reach, it also contributes a presence on the skyline that is both vibrant and changing with the winds.

This is the idea: The building’s basic shape is simple and primary, similar to the Manhattan grid. It is slender, and does not use mirrored or tinted glass which render towers mysterious and hermetic subjects.

On the contrary, the use of clear glass combined with a pattern of ceramic will allow the building to adapt to the colors of the atmosphere. Blueish after a shower, shimmering red after a sunset.

The building speaks to the street. When people circulate between its floors, they will take stairs that are located on the facades and their flow will be visible from the exterior. This is, after all, only appropriate, as it is from the street itself that the newspaper metaphorically gathers its inspiration.

There is another notable feature to the building: At street level, the building is open, transparent and permeable. A generous internal garden will be accessible to all at ground level and will be visible from the street, thereby creating multiple transparencies throughout the block from 40th to 41st Streets.

The building will also include a public auditorium as well as restaurants and shops at ground level in its desire to participate in the everyday life of the street. In a humanist vision of towns this is called a sense of urbanity.

The philosophy behind the roof garden is the opposite of that on the ground floor. While the ground level of the building engages the street and its daily rites, the roof garden is a place of silence and contemplation.

The meeting rooms at this level will allow for the enjoyment of New York City views through a screen of glass and ceramic that will shelter the garden from the winds.

But we must not forget that a newspaper is a factory for news, and, at The New York Times, the newsroom is the real machine plant for the entire system. It occupies floors 2 through 7 and overlooks the surrounding streets like a large magic lantern, continually lit and constantly active.

On all other floors, work conditions have guided our design: transparency, flexibility, ease of movement
from floor to floor, while privileging the sense of community and guaranteeing the necessary privacy.

While New York invented the loft concept, we want to rediscover it and restore its dignity.

I would like to thank all those who have so far participated in the project for their help and collaboration, and I wish all joining us a most extraordinary adventure both in spirit and practice.

Source: New York Times Building

ARTICLES

NYT Building Gets the Go Ahead | Globe St. | Sept. 17, 2003
New York Times Co. delays occupancy for HQ | Crains Communications | Oct. 16, 2003
Times Tower Is Delayed as Partner Awaits Loan | New York Times | Oct. 17, 2003
MCKINSEY MULLS MOVE TO RATNER SKYSCRAPER | New York Post | March 9, 2004
RATNER WILL BUILD TIMES TOWER WITHOUT LIBERTY $$ | New York Post | May 11, 2004
The New York Times goes transparent | IOL | May 12, 2004
Construction of Times Building Is Scheduled to Start in Summer | New York Times | May 13, 2004
New York Times Sees Summer Start for New Building | Reuters | June 30, 2004
Construction Financing Lines Up for NYT Tower | Globe St. | Jan. 3, 2005
THE BIG PICTURE | New York Post | Aug. 1, 2005

IMAGERY





Sources: New York Times Building

CONSTRUCTION CAPSULE

2004

NOVEMBER



Sources: savethewtc [1]

2005

APRIL



Sources: savethewtc [1]

MAY





Sources: TowersNYC [1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10]


JUNE



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2 3]


JULY



Sources: TowersNYC [1]


AUGUST



Sources: NYguy [1]


SEPTEMBER



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2]


OCTOBER



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2]


NOVEMBER



Sources: TowersNYC [1]


DECEMBER



Sources: andysimo123 [1 2 3] | LeCom [4]


2006

JANUARY



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2| LeCom [3]


FEBRUARY



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2 3]


MARCH



Sources: LeCom [1 2 3 4] | TowersNYC [5]


APRIL



Sources: TowersNYC [1 2] | SaRaJeVo-City [3]


MAY



Sources: LeCom [1] | EtherealMist [2] | SaRaJeVo-City [3]


JUNE



Sources: fish [1 2 3] | SkyscraperJunky [4 5]


JULY



Sources: Spooky873 [1]


AUGUST



Sources: TowersNYC [1] | fish [2]


SEPTEMBER



Sources: TowersNYC [1] | Scruffy88 [2 3]


OCTOBER



Sources: fish [1] | Spooky873 [2]


NOVEMBER





Sources: fish [1 2 3] | flickr [4 5] | TowersNYC [6]


DECEMBER



Sources:
TowersNYC [1] | ENR [2]


July 30, 2007





Source: Carlos123

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Old June 5th, 2007, 03:53 AM   #2
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I love it. This will make it easier to navigate I think. Thanks Jack.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 05:37 AM   #3
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Old June 5th, 2007, 07:13 AM   #4
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Awesome! Although very nice of you, cause that seem like a lot of work to put all that one post toguether!
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Very comprehensive. Nice job.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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Awesome! Although very nice of you, cause that seem like a lot of work to put all that one post toguether!
Around 2.5 days! I was tweaking the different ways and the current layout seems best and more user friendly.

Although I might split the construction capsule into a post following the first one.

Thanks for the feedback all.
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Maybe more people will visit the fourms thanks savethewtc
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they started putting the facade on the old verizon building...seems interesting its like ocean green...never seen a facade color like that, but also when u look at it from a different angle its like blueish looks hella kewl.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 06:21 AM   #9
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thats a lot of information, but it sure does look great
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