Four Pritzker Prize winners have been named to the shortlist to design a new Manhattan tower. Zaha Hadid, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Foster + Partners and OMA will compete to work on the project, which will replace an existing 1957 Khan & Jacobs’ building on Park Avenue.
Project backer L&L Holding Company originally invited 11 to compete for the commission including Christian de Portzamparc, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Maki and Associates, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and KPF.
"While we could not go wrong with any of the architects, our selection of Hadid, Foster, Koolhaas and Rogers was based on a number of factors, including each architect’s rich experience in office design, as well as the diversity of styles and approach offered by the group," L&L Holding chairman David Levinson told Architect's Journal. "In addition, these architects eloquently articulated their view that 425 Park Avenue must redefine the modern office environment while also respecting and enhancing the timeless allure of the Plaza district."
Final interviews will be held in September; the winner will be announced in October. Demolition of the existing building is scheduled to commence in 2015, bd online reported.