Ground broken for Foster’s Park Lane New York skyscraper

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A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place for the latest New York high-rise – 425 Park Avenue designed by Foster + Partners.

In 2012 the company won a high-profile international competition to design the tower in the coveted address in Manhattan – a plot which was home to a building of the same name since demolished.

The UK studio beat off competition from Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers to land the design contract.

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Lord Norman Foster was present at the ceremony, held to mark the beginning of the vast construction project.

The tower will be conceived as a full office building, the first on Park Avenue for fifty years.

Structurally, the form has been divided into three volumes, each presenting triple-height sky gardens along with terraces offering sweeping views across central park.

Scheduled to open in 2018, the steel-framed structure will become a distinct addition to the city’s ever-growing skyline.

Foster said: “425 park avenue is a significant location. The prime location is Park Avenue itself because it is probably unique in the world in terms of being an urban, modernist creation.

“It has a life, a scale. The first thing that 425 has to do is contribute to that urbanity. In the spirit of those individual buildings – that include Seagram and Lever House – 425 has its own identity. It will contribute to the public domain both at ground level and the wider entity of the city.”

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