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Old September 26th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #61
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This tower will be so cool!
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Old September 27th, 2004, 06:41 PM   #62
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Great building... It will be so nice...
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Old October 7th, 2004, 06:13 PM   #64
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Interesting read...

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Hearst Tower Echoes Trade Center Plan


Norman Foster, the architect, touring the Hearst Tower, a 42-story headquarters building that will feature a quiltwork diagonal grid.

By DAVID W. DUNLAP
Published: October 7, 2004

OF the nine might-have-beens from the 2002 design study for the new World Trade Center, one is actually taking form in microcosm. It isn't by Daniel Libeskind. And it's nowhere near ground zero.

Instead, what has begun to claim an angular place in the sky is Norman Foster's Hearst Tower, near Columbus Circle.

With its bold introduction of a quiltwork diagonal grid, or diagrid, into the relentlessly right-angled cityscape, the future headquarters of the Hearst Corporation gives some sense of what New York might have experienced in Lord Foster's proposal for the trade center site.

The case should not be overstated. The two designs differ in important respects, beginning with their massing and scale. The Hearst Tower is a single building, rising 597 feet from the hollowed-out shell of a six-story landmark structure. The trade center proposal called for two towers, joined at three points, rising 1,764 feet.

(Come to think of it, perhaps that was the strategic error made by Lord Foster in his trade center design. It may have been 12 feet too short for the liking of state officials, who were captivated by the symbolism of Mr. Libeskind's 1,776-foot proposal.)

Nonetheless, the emergence of the steel framework of the Hearst Tower, now roughly 270 feet above the sidewalk on Eighth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, offers New Yorkers their first full-scale taste of one of Lord Foster's diagrids.

More disorienting than any other feature of the Hearst Tower are its crimped corners. They will slope inward at 75 degrees for four stories, then outward at 105 degrees for four stories, then inward, then outward, inward, outward, inward, outward, inward.

"Once you have a diagrid, there's no reason to have a vertical column on the corner," said Brandon Haw, a senior partner in Foster & Partners of London, which is working on the Hearst Tower with Adamson Associates Architects. Cantor Seinuk is engineering the structure. Flack & Kurtz are the mechanical engineers. Turner Construction is building the 42-story tower, which is to be finished in 2006.

This zigzag profile utterly confounds expectations. After all, even buildings with sloping crowns or curving facades can be pretty much counted on to have straight-edged corners. It simply seems to be in the order of things. Not at the Hearst Tower.

And not in the trade center proposal, either. Starting 224 feet apart on the ground, these buildings would have leaned toward one another, meeting at the 42nd floor; then diverged outward to a distance of 224 feet, joined by a bridge on the 84th floor; then leaned inward again to meet at the 126th-floor summit.

The Hearst Tower zigzag occurs on a much smaller scale. The basic triangle in the diagrid is four stories tall, or 52 feet. And the crimp is meant to play a neighborly role.

"It cuts back and offers more of a view than a vertical slab," Lord Foster said, pointing across a 15-foot-deep crimp toward the adjacent Sheffield apartment tower.

The views from within are also revelatory. Where the corner of the building rakes inward, for example, one can stand as far as 10 feet from the window sill, look down and still see Eighth Avenue almost directly below. (On an ordinary floor, the view would be of carpet tiles.) From inside out, the powerful diagrid becomes a delicate weblike network. Fourteen pairs of slender diagonal columns seem to dance lightly around a perimeter that would normally be a palisade of uprights.

"You wonder how much mass can be carried with such little interruption," Lord Foster said. Indeed, the diagrid uses 21 percent less steel on the exterior than a conventional frame.

Yet, he said, it is a robust structure that offers many alternate paths to carry the weight loads in case of a partial collapse.

THE most surprising facet of the Hearst Tower - and the one most difficult to see from the street - is the atrium that has been created within the shell of the Hearst International Magazine Building, a designated landmark designed by Joseph Urban for William Randolph Hearst.

It opened in 1927 but was never really completed, since Hearst contemplated a tower for which the six-story structure was to be a base.

With the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Hearst hollowed out the building. The new tower rises from within these old walls, supported on diagonal and upright megacolumns. Its lowest floor doubles as the ceiling of a new 70-foot-high atrium.

The space between the landmark shell and the new skyscraper will be enclosed in glass, creating a vast skylight and clerestory. But the persistence of the old facade around the atrium will create the sense of a town square, Lord Foster said.

Because of security concerns, it is a town square that will not be open to the town - except by invitation or on tours or at special events - although it will be possible for the public to get a glimpse of the atrium from the ground floor.

To judge from the emerging structure, however, the exterior will give New Yorkers plenty to talk about and reason enough to wonder what might have been built downtown. Or, given that Lord Foster is one of Silverstein Properties' prospective architects at the trade center site, what still might be.


Lord Foster’s proposal for World Trade Center site called two towers rising 1,764 feet.


The tower, which is near Columbus Circle, is to be finished in 2006.
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Old October 21st, 2004, 08:38 PM   #65
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Updates from Hearst site...


October 8, 2004: Inside shot of clerestory panels.


October 8, 2004: Installation of clerestory panels on SE corner of Tower.
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 04:16 AM   #66
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 04:41 AM   #67
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great pics! i love foster, and this tower!
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 05:01 AM   #68
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This tower is phenominal! They should have chosen foster for the WTC.
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 05:08 AM   #69
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This tower is phenominal! They should have chosen foster for the WTC.
dude i totally agree
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Old October 23rd, 2004, 06:41 PM   #70
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Looking GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old October 23rd, 2004, 11:48 PM   #71
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Beautiful tower! Great original design. His WTC proposal was awful IMO. In some renderings, it looked as tho it could topple at any moment. Very awkward and unstable-looking structure.

Will this have an impact on the skyline at all or is it surrounded by taller bldgs?
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Old November 17th, 2004, 12:25 AM   #72
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Here's an update from the Hearst website, glass is going up!


November 8, 2004: Glass continues to be fitted around the structure.
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Old November 17th, 2004, 07:05 AM   #73
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It will really add character to the skyline.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 04:58 AM   #74
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More from the Hearst site, the stainless steel has arrived...


November 15, 2004: First stainless steel-clad section arrives


November 15, 2004: First stainless steel section installed on the southeast corner of the tenth floor
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Old November 20th, 2004, 07:31 AM   #75
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So the silver steel will go over the black parts? Hm... The black is kinda nice actually.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 01:15 PM   #76
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so from what i see there's a second skin that's yet to be fitted if i compare to renderings?
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Old November 20th, 2004, 06:39 PM   #77
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so from what i see there's a second skin that's yet to be fitted if i compare to renderings?
Yea, sure lookes like it. My guess is that the black you see on the facade are just protective strips that will be peeled off.

Unless another coating will go over the black facade?
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Old November 20th, 2004, 06:45 PM   #78
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but you must be right because i had a much closer look at the last pic you posted and it looks like indeed it'll peel off the glass paneling.
i think if it wasn't to keep the building in lighter color scheme for the original building base, it'd look great in black too.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 07:26 PM   #79
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I pretty sure they'll be putting stainless steel over the black window mullions.
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Old November 21st, 2004, 05:34 AM   #80
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I love the stainless steel. It reminds me of the WTC's exterior.

It's too bad they didn't go with Foster's design for that.
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