OFICINA - Prism Tower

Ubicación: 400 Park Avenue South, New York
Arquitectura: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Proyecto : 143m
Realizacion : 2014

The project is the result of a policy implemented by Amanda Burden, New York City Planning director, which aims to foster architectural creation by requiring developers to negotiate air rights at district level, allowing them to build beyond city regulations. This is called the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
Instigated by its first promoter, Albert Kalimian, and developed in conjunction with the City Planning office by the architect in 2002, the project obtained authorization for an additional 17,000 sq.m. in 2003. It was postponed as a result of the economic situation. It was then taken up by Equity Residential and Toll Brothers and is now in completion.
Situated at the corner of Park Avenue and 28th Street, the building comprises two main sections complemented by a vertical pavilion on each side. The space opened between the tower and its surroundings tempers the “light shaft” phenomenon. The prismatic design of the volumes gathers light while optimizing views onto the streets to provide a perspective into the far distance and takes into account the necessary recess towards the avenue.