Designed by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano, the New York Times Building located between 40th and 41st Streets in New York. According to Renzo, the design concept was to create a skyscraper that embodies sustainability and craftsmanship.
In a statement about the project, Renzo Piano declared that his inspiration for it was the simplicity and clarity of the city’s street grid and that he therefore wanted it to be simple and transparent: “Towers, as we know, are often symbols of arrogance and power, but this will not be our case….The building’s basic shape is simple and primary, similar to the Manhattan grid. It is slender, and does not use mirrored or tinted glass which render towers mysterious and hermetic subjects. On the contrary, the use of clear glass combined with a pattern of ceramic will allow the building to adapt to the colors of the atmosphere. Blueish after a shower, shimmering red after a sunset.”
Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times