Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2008 Best Tall Building Americas
The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building, New York, New York
Client: The New York Times Company / Forest City Ratner
Building Type: Office, Retail
Date of completion:  1st July 2007
Total Area: 1,521,000 sq. ft. (463,601 sq.m)
Total Height / Floors: 1,046 ft. (319 m) / 52
Architect:  Renzo Piano Building Workshop / FXFOWLE Architects
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer:  WSP Flack + Kurtz
Contractor:  AMEC Construction Management (core & shell) / Turner Construction (interior)


The New York Times Building is an important new addition to the New York skyline, but, for the Times Company, the building needed to be more than just a beautiful building. It had to support the dramatic transformation of this venerable institution as it reinvented itself in the face of profound shifts in media and market. Indeed, as the publisher repeatedly pushed, the building needed to change the way the Company worked, and this goal suffused the development of the design.

The New York Times Building incorporates many transcendental themes in good architecture—volume, views, light, respect for context, relationship to the street—with a design that is open and inviting, providing its occupants with a sense of the city around them. The resulting building treads lightly on the natural environment and is an affirmation of the Times Company’s commitment to the city, its Times Square neighborhood, and to the transformative power of great architecture.

The Company’s interior design creates the highest quality interior environment for a 21st century media company, ensuring productivity and that long-term operational and workplace health needs are not only met, but are exceeded. A challenge of the skyscraper is reducing heat from the sun, and the two typical methods are smaller windows or heavily coated glass, methods that, in the words of the building’s architect, produce “selfish buildings,” where the views and light are compromised for both pedestrians looking into the building and occupants looking out.

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For more information on The New York Times Building please visit the building website.