Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Time Warner Center Tour

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Located west of Columbus Circle, and therefore at the location where Central Park meets 8th Avenue, Broadway and 59th street, the Time Warner Center sits in one of the most strategic places in Manhattan. The 229-meter (750-foot) tall twin-tower project is a prime example of a mixed-use building, incorporating many typical city functions including a luxury shopping center, a 1,200 seat theater for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, offices and studios for CNN, a Mandarin Hotel, and exclusive residential and office space. Restaurants can be found all over the building. During the tour we were able to see all of it, including the studio of the new CNN show with Piers Morgan, a popular and cozy jazz club tucked away in one of the corners of the building offering three live music sessions a night, and a $7,500/night hotel room up in the north tower along with the apologies that the even more prestigious Presidential Suite had been booked for the night.

Time Warner Center

The project has been contextually designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The twin towers of the project are a reference to the many twin tower houses along Central Park West. The space in between the towers meanwhile represents a visual continuation of 59th street. The parallelogram-shaped floor plan of the building refers to the angle with which Broadway cuts through the area. The project was the first major building to be completed in Manhattan after the World Trade Center attacks.

An important issue for the Time Warner Center is safety and evacuation. Given its mixed-use character, the building has many ways in and out, and a significant number of these are public. Many of the functions inside the building have an entrance at the 3rd floor, which is being considered a central area inside the complex. Regular evacuation drills are also scheduled to prepare users for an emergency situation.

Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club - Live Music Dining
CNN office CNN studio

The project includes an entrance to the New York subway MTA, encouraging use of public transportation.  There are also over 500 parking spaces in an underground garage. 

The CTBUH would like to thank Frances Aun and Dave Palmore of CNN, Jim Kleeman of The Related Companies and Patrick Ammiamo of Mandarin Oriental for showing us their part of the project.

More information on the Time Warner Center can be found in our Tall Buildings Database: North Tower and  South Tower.

The tour of the Time Warner Center was one of a number of New York City skyscraper tours organized during the 3rd meeting of the Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group in the first week of April 2011.