Being discussed in great detail in Internet forums, having snapshots posted on the web, being the subject of awed speculation — these sorts of things generally happen only to celebrities. But Times Square Tower (7 Times Square) came under the same celebrity-caliber scrutiny during the climb to its eventual 47-story height above Manhattan’s most famous intersection and busiest subway hub.
In 2004, Times Square Tower emerged to great acclaim as one of midtown’s unquestioned star buildings. Its location at the corner of 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue could hardly be more central — an estimated 10,000 pedestrians cross Seventh Avenue every hour — but 7 Times Square has also become a central figure in the remaking of Times Square into one of Manhattan’s signature architectural and commercial hubs. In fact, given that it has over 1.2 million square feet of commercial space — special zoning allows 7 Times Square to offer unique uniformity in square footage from floor to floor — 7 Times Square is something of a commercial hub in itself, albeit the kind of hub that offers breathtaking panoramic views on every floor.
With a curtain wall comprised of 11 different materials and a uniquely airy and open look, 7 Times Square is as instantly recognizable as any other bankable star, but worth far more — to the neighborhood it helped remake, and to the city whose renaissance it represents.
- 7 Times Square, New York, New York
- Times Square
- LEED–EB: OM (registered)
- Boston Properties
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 1.2 million square feet
- Uniform Square Footage Across Floor Plates