Keeping sustainability at the forefront, Foster + Partners unveiled its design for JP Morgan Chase’s new global headquarters in Manhattan. When completed, the 60-story skyscraper will be New York’s tallest all-electric tower with zero net operational emissions. The state-of-the-art design incorporates outdoor space, a public plaza and greenery aimed at setting a new standard for employee well-being.
The project is the first to take advantage of New York City’s innovative Midtown East rezoning plan, designed to promote modern office construction while enhancing public space. The building, intended to house up to 14,000 employees, has a triangular base that sits at street level. Raising the architecture to about 80 feet provides improved views and allows for wider sidewalks.
“270 Park Avenue is poised to be a new landmark that responds to its historic location as well as the legacy of JPMorgan Chase in New York City,” said Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster+ Partners. “The unique design rises to the challenge of respecting the rhythm and distinctive streetscape of Park Avenue, while accommodating the city’s vital transportation infrastructure below. The result is an elegant solution where the architecture is structure, and structure is architecture, embracing a new vision that will serve JPMorgan Chase now and into the future.
Foster + Partners wanted to create a timeless design that would add to the Manhattan skyline while taking advantage of smart technology. The building uses artificial intelligence and sensors to respond and adapt to energy needs, while the triple-glazed facade is connected to an HVAC system for increased energy efficiency. The entire building will be powered by renewable energy from a New York State hydroelectric plant and advanced water storage will reduce water consumption by 40%.
Incredibly, the company will also reuse 97% of the materials from the retrograde of the old 1950s building that was on site. This recycling far exceeds the 75% requirement which is the standard for green building.
Flexibility in, where and how people will work is also essential to the design. Not only is there 50% more common space, but each employee will have 25% more space volume. Adaptable plates without columns will also make it easy to modify the layout of each floor. But beyond the workspace, the new headquarters intends to offer a range of wellness benefits for employees. This includes a state-of-the-art health and wellness center which will include fitness areas, yoga/cycling rooms, physiotherapy, medical services, modern rooms for mothers and prayer and meditation areas .
Foster + Partner designed more daylight to filter into the building and uses circadian lighting to minimize the effects of electric lighting. “Designed with a mindset of health in all aspects, this project proves that you can have both excellent indoor air quality for occupants, while meeting sustainability goals that improve the community health by reducing impacts on the planet,” shared Joseph Allen, Associate Professor and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, who consulted on the project.
The building has been under construction since 2021. When completed, it will surely be a new gem on the New York skyline.