18 October 2012
A two day exhibition will show designs by the finalists for the 425 Park Avenue, New York, competition, run by L&L Holdings. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were one of four finalists alongside OMA, Zaha Hadid Architects and the competition winner Foster + Partners.
Mr Levinson, Chair of L&L Holding Company stated “Each of the four firms exhibited an incredible degree of creativity and inventiveness throughout the process.”
Richard Rogers described the RSHP design:
“We have created a contemporary homage to the quintessential New York skyscraper, by designing a tower that will define the next chapter in their illustrious story. Our solution acknowledges the design attributes of its neighbours on Park Avenue, but brings new qualities: honest expression; generosity; efficiency and humanity. The clear expression of the process of construction is evident from the huge 43 storey steel frame down to the smallest detail, this gives the building a human scale.
“In designing sky gardens, we are reconnecting workers and the city with nature, by using different American landscape ecologies, from forest to alpine, to suit the different altitudes of each garden. These spaces also offer great views of the park and the metropolis. “A generous open space at ground level gives users and passing public a retreat from the urban bustle. The exterior glass elevators create both a dynamism and an extremely flexible interior.
“It is a tower that works both at the skyline and the street line, has a unique rhythm, and sets a new architectural bench mark for both Park Avenue and the great American skyscraper.”
The exhibit is running as part of the Municipal Art Society’s 2012 MAS Summit for New York City being held at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 18 and 19.