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Old January 14th, 2006, 10:35 AM   #421
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The budget of this project was 500 mil $ to host the 1800 employees of the Hearst corporation.

That is 6.25 mil per 1000m^2, or 6250$ per square meter. Is this a good price for N.Y.?

http://newyork.construction.com/proj...s04/Hearst.asp
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Old January 14th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #422
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Hearst Tower


Cost: $500 million

The Hearst Corp. should know a good story. The company built from William Randolph Hearst's media empire today consists of 12 daily newspapers and the nation's largest stable of monthly magazines with titles such as Cosmopolitan and O.

Now the entire company, along with other units like comic strip distributor King Feature Syndicates and its cable television networks such as A&E, plans to bring 1,800 employees spread across nine buildings to the 42-story steel and glass tower rising at 959 Eighth Ave. near 57th Street in Manhattan.

It's not only a corporate consolidation. It's also a homecoming, since the 856,000 sq.-ft. tower, upon its completion in 2006, will preserve the six-story fašade of the landmark Hearst-built headquarters designed in 1927.

The tower's story also entails a complex design with a geodesic-like shape sporting triangular steel bracing from the 10th floor up, as well as unique structural challenges, regulatory hurdles and a bid for "green" status. The cast includes the Hearst Corp. as developer, design architect Foster and Partners, Turner Construction as construction manager, Tishman Speyer as development manager, Cantor Seinuk Group as structural engineer and Flack + Kurtz as mechanical engineer.

Building the new tower atop the old structure is no small feat. The building is a historic site, which meant landmarks commission approval for the work as well as the requirement to preserve the fašade. The site's positioning above the subway at Columbus Circle also spurred the development team to proffer improvements to the station area in exchange for adding six stories to the eventual final structure.

Among the most compelling aspects of the design are how its perimeter and corner views will be free of vertical columns. The steel framework forming a diagonal grid will be visible, showing the four-story-tall, grade-65 steel triangles prefabricated by the Cives Steel Co. of Roswell, Ga.

The complex exoskeleton required extensive coordination between design and structural teams to create panoramic views at the corners using the triangular bracing concept. The triangle braces are efficient for both gravity and lateral loads, requiring 21 percent less steel tonnage than a conventional building of its size.

The design also allows for 22,000-sq.-ft floor plates, further accenting the open space theme.

While the grid section begins at the 10th floor, much is going on below as well. The structure rests on megacolumns stretching to the foundation that allow for large open sections housing the lobby, a cafeteria, meeting rooms and other public spaces.

The makeover in the end will keep none of the structural elements of the old building, except for the framing at the perimeter to preserve the fašade. But even that involves an upgrade for wind and seismic reinforcement and considerable steel work to link the megacolumns on lower floors to the grid system above.

The project team also aims to attain LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Among the "green" features are the steel frame's efficiency and energy-efficient systems throughout the building.


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Old January 14th, 2006, 12:32 PM   #423
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greetings from australia... great projects in NYC.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #424
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Old January 21st, 2006, 06:56 PM   #425
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http://www.nynewsday.com/entertainme...0,605364.story
UP, UP AND AWAY

A London architect brings his vision to New York with a Hearst tower that prances toward the sky

BY JUSTIN DAVIDSON
STAFF WRITER

January 22, 2006

There was a moment, in the fall of 2001, when executives at the Hearst Corp. thought they might have to relinquish their hopes of erecting a new headquarters. The resurgent World Trade Center site, they worried, would suck up all the available supplies of steel, labor and architectural talent. More than four years later, Ground Zero is still nothing but a noble hole and Hearst has nearly finished its tower, a gorgeously flamboyant ode to pure reason designed by Norman Foster and his London firm.

Skyscrapers can take various routes to the clouds. Setback buildings such as the Empire State climb stepwise. Glass-skinned boxes shoot straight up. At Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Center's twin colossi loom like a glowering pair of thick-necked bodyguards in shiny suits.

Foster has given Manhattan a new kind of verticality: His tower prances toward the sky. Its edges are scalloped and its corner windows tilted. The building is held aloft by triangular braces, so it looks as though an acrobat could shimmy up the slanted beams. This is a show-off skyscraper for a town that could use some architectural chutzpah. Welcome to New York City, Mr. Foster.

Foster and Hearst make a perfect pair. In the 1920s, the Old Man, as employees still refer to the long-dead tycoon William Randolph Hearst, hired architect and theatrical designer Joseph Urban to produce the International Magazine Building on Eighth Avenue at 57th Street. The curtain went up on that six-story extravaganza in 1927.

Its ornate shell is still there, grandly wrapped around the base of the new tower. Ceremonial urns perch atop fluted columns, theatrical masks grin with sinister hilarity, buskers in medieval costume stand in for sculpted saints. Hearst's old headquarters could have been mistaken for a Hollywood fantasy of a media baron's lair, which is essentially what it has become.

Exuberant modernity

Hearst had always meant for Urban's folly to support something bigger and more awesome, but the Depression intervened. That original intent helped persuade the Landmarks Commission to allow the interior to be gutted as long as the blond, cast-concrete skin was freshened up.

The new design evinces little interest in might-have-beens. Brandon Haw, Foster's man in Manhattan, seemed relieved to point out that no drawings ever turned up for whatever high-rise Hearst had envisioned. So the addition turned out as brazenly contemporary in its shiny geometry as Urban's original was in its Art Deco frolic. The two are joined by an exuberant sense of modernity.

Foster has inserted a 10-story, one-room Xanadu of an atrium inside Urban's envelope, outdoing the set designer at his own profession. When it is finished, escalators will rise at a rakish angle, skimming across a skin of water that glides down over glass. The lower half of the monumental space is encased in the original walls and pigeonholed with the original old-fashioned windows. Sunlight plunges down from wraparound skylights, creating an effect reminiscent of a Gothic cathedral or a floodlit Broadway stage. Indoor terraces look down on the covered court like risers. The space almost demands a band.

All this razzmatazz comes as a surprise from Foster, who belongs to the tradition of heroic modernism, and whose designs sometimes have a chilly, overbearing sleekness. His famously lingam-shaped Swiss Re building in London (nicknamed "The Gherkin") pokes up past the skyline, deliberately out of place, a declaration of commercial power and architectural clout.

But London also boasts his spectacular addition to the British Museum, a great glass eggshell that encloses the court and the round yolk of the Reading Room in milky light. It is this respectful but fearless approach to the past, mixed with a showman's instincts, that makes Foster a natural in New York. (Having lost out to Daniel Libeskind for the thankless job of laying out Ground Zero, Foster has been commissioned to design one of the site's proposed office buildings. He is also working on an East Side hotel and a provocative plan for a round Shakespeare theater on Governor's Island.)

According to modernist orthodoxy, architecture should express its structure honestly, which means that passersby ought to be able to tell at a glance what keeps their battles with gravity out of sight. Traditional skyscrapers are built like trees: The floors hang from a hidden central core so that the walls can be made of glass.

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Foster has moved the muscle to the surface, binding the box in a latticework of diamonds. As anyone knows who has ever screwed a cross-brace to the back of an Ikea bookshelf, an arrangement of vertical and horizontal elements will sway, but a triangle will hold firm. Foster came up with a "diagrid," a pattern of diagonal beams and triangular windows that nobody could mistake for mere ornament.

If all this building did were to wear its structure on its sleeve, Manhattan would yawn. But the Hearst tower has flair, and it flirts. Although it stands slightly higher than the Gherkin, it can be hard to spot. It peeks sexily from behind stolid brick apartments, offering glimpses of a glinting diagonal or a steel prism. It is a gigantic leg encased in a silver mesh stocking. It is a buglike palace with an exoskeleton of stainless steel.

Hearst's headquarters will welcome its first employees in April, and senior executives accustomed to dark wood paneling will have to get used to glass cages that offer light and views but no privacy. Most worker bees will sit out in the open, their productivity presumably maximized by plentiful natural light, views of the Hudson and a sense of communal well-being produced by harmonious surroundings. They will compete for the corner cubicles.

What really matters to the company is the chance to affix the Hearst brand to an icon. Hooray for such arrant self-promotion! Architectural vanity built this city. Let a million postcards bloom.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 07:27 PM   #426
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:03 AM   #427
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Wonderful and beautiful, it is about time NYC get a "GOOD" building (next door TW don't count as good one)

Please please please put LED light on the building just like BoC......New York need some good lighting building!!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/24/ny..._web.html?8dpc
The Quest

By SUZANNE DeCHILLO
Published: January 24, 2006

A sheath of stainless steel and glass rises on Eighth Avenue. Pedestrians stop, looking up at the new Hearst Corporation headquarters under construction. British architect Sir Norman Foster designed the new 46-floor-tower that sits atop of the Hearst Magazine Building, which was built in 1928 by Joseph Urban and George B. Post & Sons and was supposed to be the base of a skyscraper, had the Depression not intervened. Sir Fosterĺs Quest: use glass and aluminum to capture the light of the day.


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A sheath of stainless steel and glass rises on Eighth Avenue. Pedestrians stop, looking up at the new Hearst Corporation headquarters under construction.



Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

British architect Sir Norman Foster designed the new 46-floor-tower that sits atop of the Hearst Magazine Building, which was built in 1928 by Joseph Urban and George B. Post & Sons.



Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

The building was to be the base of a skyscraper, but the Depression intervened.



Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

British architect Sir Norman Foster's Quest: use glass and aluminum to capture the light of the day.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 01:35 AM   #429
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Those are some of the best pics I've seen yet.
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These are the best pictures I've seen of this building so far. The one with the sunset really adds more color to the building, too bad the photo is too small to make it a desktop wallpaper.
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what an odd looking but incredibly handsome tower :-) I love it.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 09:03 AM   #433
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Finally done is it. Looks great. I think it'll be a landmark NY building.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 12:08 PM   #436
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norman foster's works are nice!!!
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Old January 26th, 2006, 05:22 PM   #437
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Those pics are incredible! Much better then I've ever seen the building in reality.
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Beautifiul......... I love the use of Triangular Engineering....Truss me !!!!!!!!!!
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Here is a shot of the lobby from its website.


December 30, 2005: Lobby entrance.
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