Hines and Pacolet Millikin’s new 28-story building at 7 Bryant Park – located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and 40th Street – is about to go vertical, with foundation work almost complete. The tower crane is up, and the superstructure is just beginning to poke above ground level; it won’t be long before the skyscraper starts to grow. While 28 floors is fairly short, especially for Midtown Manhattan, the tower’s generous floor to ceiling heights will propel the development taller than projects with similar floor counts, and it will eventually stand 450 feet tall.
Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, 7 Bryant Park will employ an innovative profile that derives uniqueness from two “conical incisions” that constitute an “engaging gesture that animates the building volume as seen from [Bryant] park.” The project’s website has renderings, as well as specifications for the tower’s interiors.
For a relatively short building, 7 Bryant Park seems far more London than New York – that is, if displaced from Manhattan’s urban canyons, the tower would still hold its own architecturally speaking. The design is unique enough to grab attention, which is especially challenging given the enormous vertical profile of 7 Bryant Park’s neighborhood.