100 Park Avenue
Structure in General
- As a large speculative office tower that maximized the built space for its plot, 100 Park Avenue set the trend for International Style construction in the following decades.
- The most notable feature of the building was its bulk, exemplified by the 2,790 square meters floors of the 13-storey base, enabled by the introduction of effective illumination and air-conditioning for the deep interiors of the large base. The massing resulted in a total interior space of 76,700 square meters.
- The 36-storey building is built on an L-shaped plot, with the wing stepping back on the 40th Street side and the main mass rising on Park Avenue.
- Above the base, the tower rises to a set-back top with illuminated numbers indicating the building's street number.
- The facade has piers of white brick, with vertical stripes of glass and aluminium spandrels between.
- The new building replaced the Murray Hill Hotel (1883), but only after the hotel residents' resistance had led to delays and lengthy court battles.
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