Last month, YIMBY posted the first look at plans and renderings for 270 Park Avenue, which will become the future headquarters for JPMorgan Chase. The structural behemoth will become one of the largest office buildings in the Five Boroughs upon completion, totaling 2.5 million square feet and rising approximately 1,425 feet to its pinnacle. Today, we have another look at the project thanks to visualization firm ATCHAIN. While this image is the most refined of what has been revealed to date, differences in the silhouette between this version and the one leaked in a JPMorgan Chase report accompanying YIMBY’s last post indicate that this specific version could already be outdated relative to the previous reveal.
Despite the possibility that this rendering is out of date, the design and detailing are perhaps the best close-up look so far at the potential plans for the tower. The massing consists of a series of rectangles stacked next to one another, gradually receding in a nod to the classic setbacks that have typically defined the Manhattan skyline. Foster + Partners is the architect of the future supertall.
The ATCHAIN rendering also depicts a lack of diagonal crossbracing, which are a major feature of the previous reveal. In this version, the facade is striped rather than criss-crossed, and the massing is also slightly different from the version featured in the JPMorgan Chase collateral, with more setbacks on the eastern side as compared to the western side, and the bulk of the building positioned slightly further west. Despite these cosmetic changes, the profile is still fairly similar overall to all imagery YIMBY has so far featured.
270 Park Avenue is replacing an extant structure designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Natalie du Bois, and its demolition will be the largest intentional razing of a structure in New York City’s history. Scaffolding is already in place, and removal of the antiquated tower is already underway. The old skyscraper should be completely disassembled by the end of 2020, at which point work for Foster + Partners’ new headquarters should be ready to commence.
No firm completion date has been confirmed for 270 Park Avenue as of yet, but if demolition of the old tower is finished by the end of 2020, a 2022-2023 estimate for topping-out would appear reasonable.