Hearst Tower, New York
Hearst Tower, the world headquarter for Hearst Corporation, is located on the corner of Eighth and 57th in downtown New York City and houses such publications as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Designed by architect Norman Foster and his partners, the stainless-steal fortress-like skyscraper was named one of “The Best Buildings of 2007” by BusinessWeek magazine.
Forty-six stories high, the Hearst Tower rests seemingly inharmoniously atop a six-story tower base that was built back in 1928 by Joseph Urban. The pedestal sat tower-less for nearly eight decades until Foster, the founder of Foster + Partners, became intrigued by the half-built structure and decided to finish what the Great Depression had stalled.
Although the Hearst Corporation had long since outgrown the location and was split up among 12 separate offices, the company is now finally back at its original home, where synergy and collaboration now abound among its publication leaders and employees. Hearst has credited the unique aesthetics and superior interior design by Gensler for the increased productivity and greatly improved corporate image since relocating to the Tower. Take a look at the building for yourself.