Prism Tower New York by Christian de Portzamparc

Prism Tower

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

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.

Prism Tower
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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.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

The project obtained authorization for an additional 17,000 sq.m. in 2003. It was postponed as a result of the economic situation.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

It was then taken up by Equity Residential and Toll Brothers and is now in completion.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

Situated at the corner of Park Avenue and 28th Street, the building comprises two main sections complemented by a vertical pavilion on each side.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

The space opened between the tower and its surroundings tempers the “light shaft” phenomenon.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

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.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

At ground level, the bottom floors house businesses and a small square integrates the subway exit into the building which becomes an interesting feature on the avenue.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman

On Park Avenue, the continuity of the facades is maintained with the historic 1930’s buildings, including its large neighbours the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building and the New York Life Insurance Co, with which it establishes a dialogue on the New York skyline. Source by Christian de Portzamparc.

Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
  • Location: New York City, USA
  • Architect: Christian de Portzamparc
  • Executive architect: Gary Edward Handel & Associates
  • Zoning consulting Development: Consulting Services, Inc – Michael Parley
  • Zoning council: Greenberg traurig LLP – Jay Segal
  • Urban planning: W Architecture
  • Environmental and planning: Allee King Rosen & Fleming, Inc (AKRF)
  • Structure: Desimone Consulting Engineers
  • Façades: Gordon H. Smith Corporation
  • Fluids: Cosentini Associates
  • Client: Equity Residential and Toll Brothers
  • Program: Tower accommodating apartments (436 apartments distributed throughout 40 floors), shops on the ground floor, and access to the subway
  • Surface: 40,000 sq.m.
  • Height: 472 ft
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Wade Zimmerman, Courtesy of Christian de Portzamparc
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
Prism Tower
Photo © Wade Zimmerman
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Level 01 Floor Plan
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Level 07 Floor Plan
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Level 19 Floor Plan
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