Foster designs the 423-foot Net Zero Tower in New York

Teaser image source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has designed a new office in the New York neighborhood of Manhattan for the US bank JPMorgan Chase. As announced by the architecture firm, the skyscraper will one day be “New York’s largest all-electric tower”.

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The new headquarters of the JPMorgan Chase bank will have a total of 60 floors and will reach a height of 423 meters.

The skyscraper will be located at 270 Park Avenue in Manhattan and, according to Foster + Partners, will someday be the “tallest all-electric tower in New York City with net zero emissions.” To achieve this, the new skyscraper will be operated with, among other things, 100% renewable energy sourced from a hydroelectric power plant in upstate New York.

The tower will be built in place of the 216-meter Union Carbide Building, the former headquarters of JPMorgan Chase, which was demolished between 2019 and 2021. The new skyscraper will have a total of 60 floors and will reach a height of 423 meters. The new building will also be the first project under the new development plan for the “Midtown East” area of ​​New York City.

The skyscraper stands on stilts

The projects call for tall composite elements for the tower structure, which rise in steps from both sides and form a tall spire in the middle. The resulting surfaces of the individual steps must be made green after the visualizations. The tower will also have a glass facade with individual metal elements. The wide side of the facade must have rhombus-shaped trusses.

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

The skyscraper needs to shrink downwards and the trusses should give the impression that the building is standing on stilts.

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

Visualization of the interior of the new headquarters of the JPMorgan Chase bank.

These trusses are also used on the ground floor, which narrows down in views. The trusses fan out from both sides of the base, giving the impression that the entire structure is standing on stilts. According to Foster + Partners, the building will “stand approximately 24 meters above the ground” and thus expand the perspective from the Park Avenue entrance to Madison Avenue.

Space for 14,000 employees

The offices in the tower will be spread over approximately 232,257 square meters. The rooms should also be flexible and easily adaptable. Compared to the “Union Carbide Buildings”, the new skyscraper should also offer about 25% more space per person. The architects assume that around 14,000 employees could one day work in the building.

The new tower design is also expected to bring 30 percent more daylight than a “typical office building” and receive circadian lighting – lighting adapted to the daily biological rhythm of humans. The latter aims in particular to minimize electric light and promote a healthier indoor climate.

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

The building material from the demolition is reused

According to the office, the tower will emit no CO2 emissions after its completion and will be equipped with modern technology to ensure the most efficient operation possible. For example, intelligent building technology is envisaged that uses sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to predict the building’s energy needs, react to it and adapt to it.

Furthermore, according to Foster + Partners, water consumption must be reduced by more than 40 percent with the help of modern water storage and reuse systems. Triple glazing on the facade and automatic solar shading devices connected to HVAC systems will also increase energy efficiency.

According to Foster, 97 percent of the building materials from the demolition of the “Union Carbide Building” must be reused and recycled for the construction of the new skyscraper. (pb)

Regarding the announcement of Foster + Partners: www.fosterandpartners.com

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

View of the 270 Park skyscraper in New York

Source: DBOX / Foster + Partners

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