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Designs for New York’s Largest All-Electric Tower Unveiled

Designs for New York’s Largest All-Electric Tower Unveiled
20 April 2022

JPMorgan Chase has unveiled the design for its new global headquarters at 270 Park Avenue – set to be New York City’s largest all-electric tower with net-zero operational emissions.

The 1,388-foot, 60-storey skyscraper, designed by Foster + Partners, will house up to 14,000 employees, offering them 2.5 times more outdoor space than their current HQ.



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of 270 Park Avenue. The photograph is portrait and demonstrates its height. Image Credit: dbox / Foster + Partners


Using a modern structural system to negotiate the site constraints below and at ground level, the innovative fan-column structure and triangular bracing allow the building to touch the ground lightly across the entire block. By lifting the building about 80 feet/24 meters off the ground, it extends the viewpoint from the Park Avenue entrance through to Madison Avenue.

The project is the first under New York City’s innovative Midtown East Rezoning Plan, which encourages modern office construction and improvements to the business district’s public realm and transportation.

270 Park Avenue offers 2.5 million square feet of flexible and collaborative space in total.



Picture: a photograph of the interior of 270 Park Avenue, showing a large reception area leading up to some stairs. Image Credit: dbox / Foster + Partners


Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said: “The designs for 270 Park Avenue emerged from an intense process, where architects, designers and specialist teams – in London and New York – worked in close collaboration with JP Morgan to understand the way they work, ensuring the designs embodied the true spirit of innovation that is at the heart of everything they do. Sustainability is at the heart of the project, with workspaces flooded with daylight and fresh air, incorporating biophilic elements and materials to improve wellbeing. As a team, we sought to question and re-evaluate every aspect of the design to create an ambitious future vision of the workplace for JP Morgan.”

Vishaan Chakrabarti, Project Design Collaborator and Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism added: “The new 270 Park will earn its place among Manhattan’s revered Jazz Age skyscrapers. It is a gift to our skyline and our streets, with a monumental axis connecting Park and Madison Avenues, gracious and enduring materials, generous public spaces and sidewalks, and robust connections to Grand Central Station. JPMorgan Chase’s new headquarters is a great example of New York’s resilience and rebirth.”



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of 270 Park Avenue. Image Credit: dbox / Foster + Partners


What Are 270 Park Avenue’s Most Sustainable and Smart Features?



  • 270 Park Avenue will be New York City’s largest all-electric skyscraper with net-zero operational emissions and will be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy sourced from a New York State hydroelectric plant.
  • Intelligent building technology that uses sensors, AI and machine learning systems will predict, respond and adapt to the building’s energy needs.
  • Advanced water storage and reuse systems will reduce water usage by more than 40 per cent.
  • Triple pane glazing on the façade and automatic solar shades connected to HVAC systems will provide greater energy efficiency.
  • The project recycled, reused or upcycled 97 per cent of the building materials from the demolition – far exceeding the 75 per cent requirement of the leading green building standard.
  • JPMorgan Chase is partnering with the Director of Harvard University’s Healthy Buildings program Dr Joseph Allen, wellness expert Dr Deepak Chopra, and Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer to create a world-class wellness and hospitality experience for employees, clients and visitors.
  • Advanced HVAC filtration systems will continually clean outdoor air as it comes into the building, while simultaneously cleaning recirculated air.
  • Flexible column-free floor plates will allow space to easily change the layout and floor design, including inter-floor connections.
  • A health and wellness centre will feature fitness areas, yoga/cycling rooms, physical therapy, medical services, modern mother’s rooms and prayer and meditation spaces.
  • A food hall featuring diverse food operators and healthy menus
  • A conference centre at the top of the 60-story tower offers unobstructed city views and dynamic events for clients and employees.
  • A touchless journey for employees and visitors with more than 50,000 connected devices will make it the most connected, data-driven high-rise building in New York City.
  • Biophilic design, including wide use of natural plants and healthier furniture and building materials.
  • Bringing in 30 per cent more daylight than a typical developer-led, speculative office building and using circadian lighting to minimise the effects of electric light and support a healthier indoor environment.


Picture: a photograph of the exterior of 270 Park Avenue from ground floor level. Image Credit: dbox / Foster + Partners

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 20 April 2022


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