Saturday, December 18, 2010 by xcodex
The pages of Cosmopolitan, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Redbook, Seventeen, and Harper's Bazaar are filled with changing fashions. But when it comes to the New York
First Green Skyscraper New York City's
skyscraper where these magazines are published, Hearst Tower, green is always the new black. Designed by leading British architect Sir Norman Foster, Hearst Tower was the first green office building in New York City to receive a Gold Rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council.
Recycling a Landmark
The concrete jungle of New York City skyscrapers might not be the first place you would look to find an icon of green office building design, but the Hearst Tower on West 57th Street has become just that. It began with the most fundamental green strategy: recycling. The Hearst Tower is built on top of, and reuses, the original Hearst building, which newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst commissioned in 1926 from the famed architect and scenic designer Joseph Urban. His Art Deco- inspired office building included a series of fluted columns adorned with allegorical statues representing Comedy, Tragedy, Music, Art, Industry, Sport, the Sciences, and Printing—all themes explored in Hearst's many publications. Urban originally intended to raise a skyscraper above these columns, but the Depression and then World War II caused his structure to remain only six stories high. In 1988 New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Urban's building a Landmark Site.