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Development Director, Frasers Property
Senior Partner, Foster + Partners
Senior Vice President, The New York Times Company
Associate Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Executive Director of Poly USA, Poly Real Estate Development
Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Director of Design and Construction, General Services Administration
The session dedicated to the 10 Year Award (2007 Completions) embraced four buildings that have had a strong impact on the tall building typology by setting new standards in efficiency while integrating seamlessly into the local urban fabric. These time-honored projects and presentations were overseen and chaired by Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates.
It’s hard to understate Lumiere’s significance, as an unusual set of interconnected towers that emphasize green vertical living. “The client brief was to design the world’s first sustainable vertical village,” said Ross Palmer, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners. Lumiere includes a 50-meter lap pool, a communal green area, and more. “The building has a strong community,” said Palmer. “There are people who’ve moved into their third apartments within Lumiere as their family grows.”
The New York Times Tower is a progressive building in more ways than one. It approached the age-old conundrum of glass clarity and heat retention that has plagued tall glass buildings for years. Its fresh approach was to build a screen of ceramic rods that absorb the majority of the sun’s heat, while diffusing light gently into the building. “All the offices, instead of being on the perimeter and blocking the light, have been moved into the center of the building, opening up the perimeter to allow light deep inside the building,” explained Terry Hayes, Senior Vice President, New York Times Co, who presented alongside Serge Drouin, Associate Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The result? Clear glass. But the tower also wanted to clarify its inner workings – as Hayes explained, the New York Times Tower was pivotal in creating more connections between its various departments, and moving them all within proximity to each other, which made waves across the professional world. “We wanted a building that would change our culture and how we were viewed by the community. At the time, we had employees scattered within several buildings, and we wanted to bring management closer to our employees,” said Hayes. “Openness and transparency were our guiding principles.”
The next presentation led by Stephen Wang, Executive Director of Poly USA, Poly Real Estate Development, and Javier Arizmendi, Design Director, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, showcased Poly Real Estate Headquarters – the first building to feature glass elevators in Guangzhou – and how it has made a significant mark on modern offices by offering natural ventilation, passive shade, and plentiful socializing and meeting spaces. “The structural system is not only a structure, but also plays the role of providing 100 percent shade,” Arizmendi said, referring to the tower’s multitasking abilities. The two off-set-core office and trade center towers feature a suite of glass to flood interior lounges with light, but are protected from overly concentrated solar rays by vertical fins.
The final presenters for this session were Maria Ciprazo, Director of Design and Construction, General Services Administration, and Eui-Sung Yi, Principal, Morphosis. The San Francisco Federal Building building worked fluidly with San Francisco’s natural climate, taking advantage of its breeziness to provide natural ventilation and cooling. Additionally, the project exceeded guidelines for using recycled material. “This building, which was basically a demonstration of best practices, represents what a government is supposed to do, which is to be the leader for innovation and the larger value-driven agenda that the government should uphold on behalf of its citizens,” said Yi.
The New York Times Tower received the 2018 10 Year Award (2007 Completions) at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony.