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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hearst Tower

The Hearst Tower (at Eighth Avenue and 57th Street) is world headquarters for the Hearst Corporation, a media conglomerate - they own newspapers, magazines and television networks. Architecturally, this building is notable for a number of reasons - the most obvious is its triangulated glass and faceted corners (see diagrid). The building was originally designed in 1927 as a six story Art Deco structure (the Hearst Magazine Building) with limestone facade to house the magazines that William Randolph Hearst owned at the time. There were plans to add a tower, however, this did not come to fruition until May, 2006 when the 42-story tower (designed by renowned architect Norman Foster) was added to the original limestone base. 
The main entrance is flanked by statues: Comedy and Tragedy on the left and Music and Art on the right. Another distinguishing aspect of the new tower is its designation as a green building. It was built from recycled materials, operates with reduced energy requirements, is naturally ventilated, etc.

5 comments:

John Nez said...

Amazing mix of architecture!

NYC is the city they're never finished building...

Olivier said...

Ce building est superbe, construit sur un ancien immeuble de 6 etages. A Nyc rien ne se perd. Superbe photo et merci pour les liens

Olivier said...

Je n'avais pas vu ta photo de l'entrée du building, super, j'avais pas fait attention a cette entree a me derniere visite. Elle est superbe cette entree

Jude said...

Wow. I keep sharing your posts with my ex-husband because he's from New York (I've never been to the city). This photo is another reason why yours is one of my favorite daily photo blogs. Wow.

J$ said...

They did a really nice job with that. I wish other architects would use the existing old structures instead of just tearing them down.