Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York

Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York,

Britain’s Foster + Partners have unveiled a design for a new tower for JPMorgan Chase,

an American multinational investment banking company headquartered in New York City.

Design Features

Designed by Foster + Partners, this 60-story skyscraper is the largest fully electric tower in New York City.

The tower offers net zero operational emissions and is of the highest standards in sustainability, health and wellness.

Designed as the new global headquarters building,

the design will be a state-of-the-art new world headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States.

At 423 meters, the tower will provide 2.5 times more outdoor space than ground level,

and feature a spacious public plaza with green spaces at street level.

Built on the principles of healthy building, Foster + Partners Tower will set new standards for employee health and hospitality.

The design will help define the modern workplace with 21st century infrastructure and smart technology.

Skyscraper will provide 2.5 million square feet of flexible and collaborative space that can easily adapt to the future of work.

The project is the first in New York City’s innovative Midtown East Rezoning plan,

which encourages modern office building, and improvements to the public domain and transportation in the business district.


Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York


270 Park Avenue set to be a new landmark

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.

The unique design rises to the challenge of respecting the distinct rhythm and boulevards 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 serves JPMorgan Chase now and into the future.

The new tower will accommodate up to 14,000 company employees,

replacing an older facility that was designed in the late 1950s for about 3,500 employees.

Design shape

Park and Madison Avenues, on the ground level, will provide 2.5 times more outdoor space, featuring wider sidewalks and a large public plaza on Madison Avenue.

These lanes will house natural green spaces and other amenities geared toward residents,

workers, and visitors who frequent the neighborhood on a daily basis.

Project goals

For the new design concept, Foster + Partners’ goal was to create a timeless addition to Park Avenue.

To celebrate the city’s famous architectural history and serve as a powerful new symbol for New York’s next generation of office towers.

The tower consists of decreasing and increasing blocks, designed with a special structure system,

featuring the latest structural system, and this system is implemented to overcome the limitations of the site below and at ground level.

It will extend the view from the Park Avenue entrance to Madison Avenue,

by raising the building approximately 80 feet (24 m) off the ground.


Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York


Sustainability is the core of the project

The tower’s sustainability principles were emphasized, to provide flexible work spaces with an abundance of daylight, fresh air and vital elements.

The designs for 270 Park Avenue grew out of an extensive process, where architects,

designers and teams in London and New York worked closely with JP Morgan to understand how they worked,

ensuring the designs embody the true spirit of innovation.

Sustainability is at the core of the project, inundating workspaces with daylight and fresh air,

including life-loving elements and materials to enhance well-being.

Use of recycled materials from demolition

270 Park is set to be the “largest fully electric skyscraper in New York City” promising zero net operating emissions.

The tower is 100% powered by renewable energy from a hydroelectric power plant in New York State.

Foster + Partners, using circular economy principles, recycles,

reuses or recycles 97% of building materials from the project’s demolition.

As the studio noted, it far exceeds the 75% requirements of the leading green building standard.

It will use materials from the existing building designed by Skidmore,

Owings & Merrill (SOM) in the 1960s, and which was demolished between 2019 and 2021.

The building will also apply the latest building technologies and systems to ensure that it operates as efficiently as possible, with sustainable elements.

For example, it will use smart building technology that uses sensors, artificial intelligence systems,

and machine learning.

In order to predict, respond to and adapt to energy needs,

it will include advanced water storage and reuse systems to reduce water use by more than 40%.

Another component will be triple pane glass,

which will be used on the façade and incorporating automatic solar shades connected to HVAC systems to increase energy efficiency.

In addition, the outdoor terraces will feature natural green spaces and farms.

While the Foster + partners also note that the tower will provide 50 percent of shared space and 25 percent of space per person,

providing more options for where and how to operate.


Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York


Designing the largest eco-friendly electric tower in New York

The use of flexible, column-free floorboards will allow for easy change of layout and floor layout,

including connections between floors.

The skyscraper will also offer a state-of-the-art wellness center with fitness areas, yoga and cycling rooms,

physical therapy and medical services, modern mothers’ rooms and spaces for prayer and meditation.

The studio aims to create a touch less journey for employees and visitors by implementing more than 50,000 connected devices,

which will make it the most data-connected high-rise building in New York City.

The design also promises “to bring in 30% more daylight than a typical developer led speculative office building,

and to use daily lighting to reduce the effects of electric light and support a healthier indoor environment.”


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