NEW YORK—Bryant Park is getting its newest high rise addition—Seven Bryant Park—on the corner of West 40th Street and 6th Avenue. The 28-floor glass tower sports an inverted conical cutaway across the length of the building on the corner facing the park.
“With respect for Bryant Park and its visitors, we designed a form that directly addresses the southwest corner of the park, as well as taking advantage of the extraordinary linear frontage on Avenue of the Americas,” architects Henry N. Cobb and Yvonne Szeto stated on the project website. “In addressing the challenge, we demonstrated that how a building is situated can enhance the experience of the park, by making the corner into something more than a mute object marking the intersection of city streets.”
Upon completion, Seven Bryant Park will offer two retail units and a total of 474,000 square feet of office and retail space.
The tower was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and is being developed by Hines. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city officials, and representatives from the companies involved attended the groundbreaking on Feb. 26.
Bryant Park is situated between two of Manhattan’s busiest transportation and tourism hotspots: Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The park’s open spaces, free Wi-Fi, and more than 600 free events draw more than 6 million annual visitors.
The building is LEED Gold pre-certified and features a high performance facade, heat recovery system, and ability to reclaim up to 30,000 gallons of stormwater, according to the building website.