W. R. Grace Building

The W. R. Grace Building is a skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City. The building was designed principally by Gordon Bunshaft, and completed in 1974.[1] The building was commissioned by the W.R. Grace Company, and was also used by the Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

W. R. Grace Building
Curved vertical facade fronting on 42nd Street
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationSixth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York City, New York
Coordinates
Construction started1971
Completed1974
OwnerBrookfield Office Properties
Height
Roof192 m (630 ft)
Technical details
Floor count50
Floor area1,478,531 sq ft (137,360.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectGordon Bunshaft
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The building is located at 1114 Sixth Avenue, but the main entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th. It overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library's main branch. The building size has approximately 1,518,000 square feet (141,000 m2) that are rentable, and sits on a site approximately 100 by 442 feet (30 by 135 m).

The Grace Building is located on the former site of Stern's flagship department store and headquarters. Tenants include Bain & Company[2] The Michelin-starred restaurant Gabriel Kreuther is located in its lobby as well as a sister chocolate store.

Architecture

One of the notable aesthetic attributes of the building is the concave vertical slope of its north and south facades, on 42nd and 43rd Street. This is similar to another of Bunshaft's creations, the Solow Building, which is no coincidence, as he had used the initial, rejected fa├žade design for that building in his design for the Grace Building.[1] The exterior of the building is covered in white travertine, which forms a contrast against the black windows and makes the building appear brighter than those surrounding it.

See also

References

  1. "W. R. Grace Building". Emporis. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  2. Bain New York City
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