The AJ can reveal the winning and the runner-up schemes in the competition to design a new skyscraper on New York’s Park Avenue.
Foster + Partners beat an impressive shortlist, dominated by British architects, which featured Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas’ OMA to land the 60,400m² tower project.
The 425 Park Avenue development for L&L Holding and Lehman Brothers Holdings will replace a 1957 Khan & Jacobs’ ‘wedding cake’-style building and is understood to be the first ‘full-block’ office scheme on the street in nearly half a century.
Close to the iconic Seagram Building and Lever House, the victorious 40-storey proposal is described as a tapered, steel-frame tower ‘rising to meet three illuminated shear walls’ and boasting column-free floor spaces.
Norman Foster said: ‘I’ve a personal connection with New York, which has been a source of inspiration since my time at Yale, when the new towers on Park Avenue and its neighbourhoods were a magnet for every young architect.
‘Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then – I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them.’
Work on site is set to start in 2015 and complete by the end of 2017.