When arguably the largest player in United States banking opens a headquarters in the Big Apple, it makes sense the new tower will project a clear statement of intent. When the building cuts a dynamic profile on the skyline, has a people-friendly scale at street level and the highest possible LEED rating, the message of prosperity and community involvement is clear.
The dramatic new Bank of America Tower, standing proud at One Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue, was built to accommodate the financial institution's New York head office. Developed by The Durst Organization and designed by Cook + Fox Architects with Serge Appel as lead project architect, the 55-storey tower is a celebration of ground-breaking, high-performance architecture.
Inspiration for the aesthetic came from diverse sources the 1853 Crystal Palace which once stood in Bryant Park and the shape of a crystal in a Durst family member's quartz collection. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city, its lofty proportions culminate in a dramatic, yet practical, architectural flourish.
"As it rises from the uniform grid of the street, the massing of the tower shears into two offset halves, increasing the verticality of its proportions as well as the surfaces exposed to daylight," says Appel. "From these two Cartesian volumes, mass is then sliced away, producing angular facets that open up oblique views around and through the urban forest of mid-town skyscrapers."
As well as opening up vistas above, the tower engages with its surroundings at ground level.