Designs for a new skyscraper to be built atop a midtown Manhattan transit center were unveiled on Thursday, reports The New York Times. Three competing firms have submitted schemes for the 1.3 million-square-foot office tower, which would rise above the north wing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue, across the street from Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building (RECORD, February 2008). For the Port Authority project, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects has designed a 48-story glass tower “whose surface has an almost icy gleam,” while Pelli Clarke Pelli envisions a 47-story monolithic structure with a curtain wall that evokes waves. Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, a UK-based firm, proposes a 42-story constructivist tower, which The Times says is “easily the most striking” of the three. The developers, Vornado Realty Trust and affiliates of the Lawrence Ruben Company, will work with the Port Authority to select a winning design, hopefully within 60 days. Construction is slated to begin in late 2009 or early 2010.
Aspen Art Museum board of trustees president Nancy Magoon, museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, and Shigeru Ban.