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Old March 29th, 2015, 11:19 PM   #241
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its only a slight improvement over what was there before.... just more glass for midtown! I really think they should start mandating more varied materials!
This is a great building, and it's a huge improvement over the low rise taxpayers that infested this site and were holdovers from when this area was a dangerous drug den and prostitute central.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 05:17 AM   #242
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Old April 5th, 2015, 11:42 PM   #243
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Old April 6th, 2015, 03:51 AM   #244
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Looks like 50 West Street has the same glass.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 08:10 AM   #245
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Old April 16th, 2015, 03:05 AM   #247
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This tower is classic midtown.
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One of the latest additions to the #NYC #landscape it's actually still under #construction. -| #glass #architecture #buildings #streetphotography #iphone #picoftheday #sky #blue #originalmetaleye #teamiphone |- by MetalEye Photography, on Flickr
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Old May 7th, 2015, 01:48 PM   #249
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At 7 Bryant Park, a Design Gambit Pays Off
Unusual facade was a selling point, the developers say
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A view of 7 Bryant Park in Manhattan shows the tower’s concave northeast corner. PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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The people who designed 7 Bryant Park clearly cut corners, and their clients are OK with it.

Indeed, the missing northeast corner of the 30-story office tower, now nearing completion at 40th Street and Sixth Avenue, is the building’s defining feature: Instead of a conventional, right-angled intersection of walls, one sees a concave, hourglass-shaped incision running the height of the building.

The novel feature was one reason the developers were so confident about the project that they broke ground two years ago without an anchor tenant, reasoning that the way the building’s design connects it to that precious Manhattan amenity—open green space—would generate interest.

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“It is one of the signature public spaces in New York [and] it spills onto our site,” said Tommy Craig, senior managing director at Hines, the company that led the venture to develop the tower with Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s asset-management arm. “We will be bringing Bryant Park in.”

The gamble appears to have paid off. The Bank of China Ltd. agreed late last year to buy the building for nearly $600 million. The deal doesn’t include the land beneath the tower, which is leased long-term from Pacolet Milliken Enterprises. Hines declined to discuss the deal.

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Glaziers work on 7 Bryant Park on April 22. PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
With the glass-and-steel tower ready for occupancy, Hines, a global real-estate investor and developer headquartered in Houston, provided a look behind the facade and a glimpse of the other architectural elements designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP to draw the park and its social ambience to the building.

The developers wanted to create a building catering to the demands popular in the tenant market—offices with lots of natural light, high ceilings and spaces to create open collaborative environments. But they also wanted it to have a distinguishing character.

So they held a competition and selected a design by Henry Cobb and Yvonne Szeto, partners at Pei Cobb Freed. Its signature element from the beginning was the concave northeast corner, which will be illuminated at night in colors that can be changed. Mr. Cobb calls this the building’s “gesture,” creating a presence which can be noticed from the park.

“Even though office buildings are private and theoretically don’t have civic responsibility, nevertheless, I think every building has a civic responsibility related to its place,” Mr. Cobb said. “Every building should contribute to making a place.”

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Curved windows look out onto Bryant Park from an office space in the 7 Bryant Park project. PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Equally important, he noted, is the canopy created by a large stainless steel disk suspended above a public space at the building’s entry and the base of the hourglass form. No public space was required, Mr. Craig said, but the developers wanted to carve out an inviting space that could become a destination and a meeting point.

The area at street level will have seating and two large video panels will show landscape themes—an extension of the park’s greenery and a respite from the city’s digital advertising and commercial signage.

“That space, which is 1,500 square feet of space, normally would be rented as a very valuable corner shop,” Mr. Cobb said. “On the other hand, what you are gaining [is] an identity that makes the building more attractive to the prospective tenant.”

The hourglass form not only distinguishes the exterior; it also shapes views from inside the building. On the lower floors, the curved glass frames the park, almost magnifying its green lawn and drawing it close. The floor-to-ceiling windows are generous—the dividers between the windows are spaced 10 feet apart instead of the usual five. And the floors themselves provide large stretches of office space uninterrupted by columns.

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Chris Hughes and Tommy Craig, both of Hines, at the 7 Bryant Park office project on April 22. PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The 10th-floor terrace offers views of the Empire State Building as well as Sixth Avenue all the way down to One World Trade Center. The office penthouse triplex provides expansive views of the city and a rooftop terrace buffered by glass.

There were other factors that allowed the developers to begin building speculatively. One was the large number of aging buildings in the neighborhood, which promised to put a premium on the novel design of 7 Bryant Park.

They also started construction in early 2013, when costs were lower, the Manhattan office market stabilizing and rents rising but still below previous highs. The idea was to build and benefit from an upswing in the market cycle.

Before the deal with Bank of China, they were marketing some of the space at well above $100 a square foot.

“We got a lot of pushback from our colleagues in the brokerage industry on pricing floors above $100 south of 42nd Street,” said Mary Ann Tighe, chief executive of the New York Tri-State region for CBRE Group Inc., a real-estate services firm that advised the developers on the project. “But Hines was confident all the way through.”

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Old May 18th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #250
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Old May 18th, 2015, 09:55 PM   #251
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There was talk BOC was buying a small portion of the building but apparently they are now buying the whole building.

Bank of China Grabs 7 Bryant Park
http://www.cpexecutive.com/regions/n...004119533.html

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What started as a lease has evidently become a purchase, as Bank of China, which last year had been negotiating for about 200,000 square feet of office space in Manhattan’s 7 Bryant Park, has now purchased the building.

Or at least one can reasonably presume that the purchaser is Bank of China. Friday’s announcement that the sale had closed, issued by sellers Hines and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan, referred to the buyer only as “an institutional investor.” Hines did not respond to Commercial Property Executive’s request for further information, but the sale had been rumored going back at least to December.

No official figure has been released, but $600 million is generally being cited off the record as the approximate price. The deal involved a long-term leasehold, with minority owner Pacolet Millikin Enterprises Inc. retaining ownership of the land, other media outlets have reported.

Phillips Lytle and Proskauer advised on the transaction. Hines has assumed property management responsibilities, and CBRE will be the building’s leasing agent.

The 30-story, 470,000-square-foot building, which was substantially completed at the end of April, is between West 39th and 40th streets on the site of the former 1045 Avenue of the Americas. It features 10-foot finished ceilings and full-height clear vision glass and is LEED Gold Pre-certified. The architects were Henry N. Cobb and Yvonne Szeto of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 06:25 AM   #252
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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #253
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Old August 13th, 2015, 06:11 PM   #254
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 04:14 AM   #255
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 04:19 PM   #256
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I remember seeing this when I was in New York last summer. Looks great now that it's done! The seams kind of remind me of the Twin Tree Towers near Gyeongbukgung in Seoul.
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Old August 25th, 2015, 11:19 AM   #257
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This building should be much taller. I love this design; it is simply but so elegant. More beautiful than many other ultra modern buildings.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 11:25 PM   #258
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this tower is beautiful at night.
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