British architect David Chipperfield’s latest New York project is The Bryant, a concrete skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan.

David Chipperfield Architects undertook the project for New York-based developers HFZ Capital Group.

The skyscraper overlooking Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan

The 402-foot-high (123 metres) skyscraper overlooks Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. In 2001, the practice renovated the Bryant Park Hotel in the American Radiator Building next door.

A hotel occupies the levels up to the 14th floor of the skyscraper, with private apartments taking up the other 18 storeys.

The Bryant visible behind the New York Public Library.

There are two separate lobbies for each use on the double-height ground floor, along with two retail units.

The skyscraper has a base that fills the plot and steps back after a few levels, to create an outdoor rooftop terrace on one side of the building.

Facade of The Bryant by David Chipperfield

At the very top is a crown, stepped back even further and containing two penthouses with private terraces.

Due to its location near the library and the Beaux-Arts style Knox Building, David Chipperfield Architects had to make sure the concrete facade did not look out of place.

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“The facade relates to the historic buildings nearby, offering a contemporary interpretation,” said the practice.

“The concrete mix contains different aggregates identical to the stone varieties found in the neighbouring buildings’ masonry facades.”

Upper level of the skyscraper steps back

This concrete continues as terrazzo walls in the interiors of the skyscraper, where the apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

To keep the perimeter free and maximise the views, built-in furniture is designed to hide appliances and provide discreet storage.

Terrazzo interiors of The Bryant by David Chipperfield

Selected apartments have already been dressed, including one on the 24th floor by curatorial firm Standard Arts and another by the online design retailer Radnor.

David Chipperfield, who founded his eponymous practice in the UK, is the recipient of both the RIBA Stirling Prize and the Mies van der Rohe Award.


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