New York Times Tower

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Height: Occupied
219.9 m / 721 ft
Height: To Tip
318.8 m / 1,046 ft
Height: Architectural
318.8 m / 1,046 ft
New York Times Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
7.1 m/s
Tower GFA
143,601 m² / 1,545,708 ft²


Official Name New York Times Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City New York City
Street Address & Map 620 8th Avenue
Postal Code 10018
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Construction Start 2004
Completion 2007
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #124 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #17 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #17 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #10 Tallest in New York City

Companies Involved

Owner The New York Times Company
Developer Forest City Ratner Companies
Design FXFOWLE; Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
Design WSP Flack + Kurtz
Main Contractor American Landmark Properties, Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Energy Concept Vidaris, Inc.
• Interiors Gensler
• Wind RWDI; Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment
Material Supplier
• Cladding Shildan Group
• Elevator Fujitec America, Inc.
• Fire Proofing Grace Construction Products
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
• Steel ArcelorMittal

About New York Times Tower

The New York Times Tower 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 Tower 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.

In contrast to the opaque design of many urban office buildings, The New York Times Tower achieves a high level of transparency with the innovation of a second skin of cleverly spaced ceramic rods to reduce the heat load to a point where the building is energy efficient and yet has the great luxury of floor-to-ceiling, water-white glass.

The result from the outside is a unique level of transparency to the street—revealing the activity within—which embodies the Company’s mission of transmitting an unclouded, lucid report of the news to its public (see image on page 18). The result from the inside is a strong connection with the City and a remarkable degree of natural light. But such a wealth of light also brings glare. To address this issue a first-of-a-kind system was developed: shades automatically adjust to block glare, and the lights dynamically adjust to dim or turn off if the natural light is sufficiently bright. Moreover, with fully digital ballasts, each group can set the level of lighting that they want in their space.

The combination of these elements produced the near-magical confluence of an improved workplace with substantial energy savings. And as an added dividend, the Times Company has widely shared the results of the research and development with the larger community, and the manufacturers have made the system part of their standard offerings.

This dedication to transparency and ani-mated spaces is evident in the building’s lobby. Resisting the typical cold, forbidding corporate lobby, the architects opened the lobby by splitting the core to create an open and inviting space with a vista through the building of some 114 meters (375 feet). This unusual approach not only lightens the building so that it gently touches the ground, but it creates the exciting experience of ‘layers of transparency’ from the hustle and bustle of the lobby through to the quiet of a rare, urban 21x21x21 meter (70x70x70 foot) open-air garden featuring seven birch trees.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH to Study the Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
14 Nov 2012 – Event Report

The New York Times Building Chosen as Featured Building
Feb 2011 – Featured Tall Building

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009 – CTBUH News

More Initiatives

CTBUH Initiatives Related to New York Times Tower

CTBUH to Study the Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
14 Nov 2012, Chicago – Event Report
ArcelorMittal has awarded a $300,000 research grant to the CTBUH to study and compare the full range of environmental effects assignable to structural systems in tall buildings.
The New York Times Building Chosen as Featured Building
Feb 2011, New York City – Featured Tall Building
The New York Times Building is a 1.5-million-SF, 52-story building on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, anchoring the west side of the redevelopment of Times Square.
Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Journal Paper
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International…


For a Modern Media Company, a Tower of Clarity and Transparency
30 May 2018 – Terry Hayes, The New York Times Company; Serge Drouin, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Fazlur Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Lifetime’s Engineering Collaboration
18 Oct 2012 – Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti

A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
5 Mar 2008 – Thomas Z. Scarangello, Kyle E. Krall & Jeffrey A. Callow, Thornton Tomasetti

Research Papers

A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Research

Times Square Skyscrapers: Sustainability Reaching New Heights
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference

CTBUH Awards

10 Year Award 2017 Winner
CTBUH Awards 2017

Best Tall Building Americas 2008 Winner
CTBUH Awards 2008

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