The Pei Cobb Freed-designed 7 Bryant Park is now above street level, and the building’s core looks to present a fantastic opportunity for construction-watching given its prominent situation on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street, across from Bryant Park. The building will use location to its advantage and its siting will be incorporated into the design, with the ‘cut-out’ of the building’s northeast corner facing Bryant Park, an inviting gesture to both pedestrian eyes and natural light.
Developed by Hines and Pacolet Millikin, 7 Bryant Park will eventually stand 28 stories and 450 feet, delivering 474,000 square feet of Class-A office space to a subdistrict badly in need. Its location straddles several neighborhoods; 7 Bryant Park sits at the intersection of Times Square and prime Midtown Manhattan, though the design indicates a desire to identify more with Midtown, given its super high-end nature; the ceilings on most floors will be eleven feet tall, and the tower’s asking rents are sure to be astronomical.
Completion of 7 Bryant Park is expected in 2015, and the pace of construction so far has been swift – excavation began this year, and the last update on the project, from early September, showed the core just beginning to rise out of the ground. Now above street level, the core stands naked, awaiting the rise of the rest of the building’s superstructure – aka the actual floors, where people will work.
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