New York Times Building

Designed by Renzo Piano for the New York Times newspaper, Manhattan's new skyscraper boasts an approximately 300-metre tall facade illuminated by ERCO lighting tools.

Over the past four years a new landmark has been steadily advancing skywards at the crossroads of 8th Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan: the 348-metre tower of the New York Times Building. Designed by Renzo Piano together with the New York design offices Fox & Fowle, the office block is the new headquarters of the famous daily paper. The most notable design feature is a lattice of white ceramic tubes placed in front of the glass curtain facade, giving the gigantic building an unusually bright and lightweight appearance. To ensure this impression also continues into the night, the architects collaborated with the lighting design offices OVI (Office for Visual Interaction).

The lighting concept for the New York Times Building comes from the Office for Visual Interaction (Jean Sundin and Enrique Peiniger).

For the illumination of the approximately 300-metre tall facade, the designers used a large number of Beamer projectors and Lightscoop floodlights for metal halide lamps, positioning these both on the building itself and on neighbouring buildings so as to produce a highly uniform brightness progression. In homage to the city's omnipresent taxis some of the luminaires are painted in original New York taxicab yellow. Precise aiming, efficient lamps and modern lighting technology all make for a low-maintenance and economical installation.

As well as the facades, the semi-public areas in the ground floor area are also an integral part of the lighting concept. The ceilings in the foyer are illuminated by Lightscoop floodlights. In the prestigious event rooms ERCO spotlights and floodlights for architectural lighting are arranged alongside the stage lighting.

620 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa/Paris
FX Fowle Architects, New York

Lighting designers
OVI Office for Visual Interaction

Construction period: 2003 - 2007
Construction cost: $850 million US dollars
52 storeys
Floor area: 143,000m² (1,540,000sq.ft)
Height to the top of the aerial: 319m (1,046ft)
Height to the roof: 228m (748ft)

ERCO Newsletter - inspiring projects, new products and fresh lighting knowledge

Subscribe to the newsletter
Your data will be handled confidentially. For further information see Data protection declaration
From now on, for convenience and speed, we will be emailing the ERCO Newsletter in a digital format on a regular basis to help you keep up with the latest news from ERCO. We aim to ensure that you’re updated about events, awards, fresh lighting knowledge, project reports and product news along with reports from the lighting and architectural sectors. The publication is free and you can unsubscribe at any time.