With sustainability at the fore, Foster + Partners has revealed its design for JP Morgan Chase’s new global headquarters in Manhattan. When completed, the 60-story skyscraper will be the largest fully electric tower in New York City with zero net operating emissions. The modern design includes outdoor space, plaza and green spaces aimed at setting a new standard for employee health.
The project is the first to take advantage of New York City’s innovative Midtown East Rezoning plan, which is designed to enhance modern office building while improving public spaces. The building, which is intended to accommodate up to 14,000 employees, has a triangular base touching street level. Raising the hull to about 80 feet provides improved views and allows for wider berths.
“270 Park Avenue is set to be a new landmark that responds to its historic location as well as the legacy of JPMorgan Chase in New York,” said Norman Foster, founder and CEO of Foster + Partners. “The unique design rises to the challenge of respecting the distinct rhythm and streetscape of Park Avenue, while accommodating the city’s vital transportation infrastructure below. The result is an elegant solution where architecture is structure, architecture is architecture, and embraces a new vision that will serve JPMorgan Chase now and in the future.” .
Foster + Partners wanted to create a timeless design that would add to the Manhattan skyline while also leveraging smart technology. The building uses artificial intelligence and sensors to respond and adapt to energy needs, while the triple-glazed facade is connected to a HVAC system for increased energy efficiency. The building will be powered entirely by renewable energy sourced from a hydroelectric power plant in New York State and advanced water storage will reduce water use by 40%.
Incredibly, the company will also reuse 97% of the materials from the downgrading of the former 1950s building that was on the site. This upcycling far exceeds the 75% requirement and is the norm in green buildings.
Flexibility in where and how people work is also key to the design. Not only will there be 50% more common space, each employee will have 25% more space. The adaptive column-free panels will also allow for easy changes to the layout of each floor. But outside the workspace, the new headquarters intends to offer a range of employee wellness benefits. This includes a state-of-the-art health and wellness center with fitness areas, yoga/cycling rooms, physical therapy, medical services, modern mothers’ rooms, and spaces for prayer and meditation.
Foster + Partner designed more daylight to filter into the building and used daylighting to reduce electric lighting effects. “Designed with a health first mindset in all aspects, this project demonstrates that you can obtain excellent indoor air quality for its occupants, while addressing sustainability goals that improve community health by reducing impacts on the planet,” Joseph Allen shared, Associate Professor and Program Director Health buildings at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, who advised on the project.
The building has been under construction since 2021. Once completed, it will surely be a new gem on the New York City skyline.