5 Times Square – Ernst & Young National Headquarters

5 Times Square, 7th Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets
Height: 575 ft (175 m)
Floors over ground: 40
Construction started: 2000
To be completed: 2002
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Developer: Boston Properties

See also construction pictures of 5 Times Square

This 38-story office tower combines office space for Ernst and Young National Headquarters with a retail base that engages the pedestrian traffic of the Times Square theatre district. The office building lobby is on Seventh Avenue. A retail storefront flanks the office entryway and turns the corner along 42nd street, offering prime exposure to pedestrian traffic from the entrance to the underground train station on 41st street and the adjacent New Amsterdam Theatre.

The dynamic asymmetrical form of the tower is an energetic solution to the zoning demands of the Times Square sub-district, the 42nd Street Redevelopment Authority, and the energetic character of the Times Square neighbourhood. Angular planes that compose the primary form of building correspond to the break in New York’s street gird caused by the intersection of Broadway. This irregularity allows for an innovative design that responds directly to pedestrian traffic patterns and maximises light and floor plates.

A tinted reflective glass maintains uniformity on window and spandrel surfaces. Exterior signage at retail level maintain a dialogue with the graphic language that is characteristic of the Times Square District.

Location
Times Square has become a premier location for corporate headquarters due to its 24 hour a day environment and easy access to mass transit. Located at the “crossroads of the world”, 5 Times Square is on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street.

Description
Designed by the highly acclaimed architect Bill Pedersen of Kohn, Pedersen, Fox, 5 Times Square will be a dramatic addition to the Manhattan skyline. The office tower features a dramatic angular shape with a sloping fin on the Seventh Avenue side, with space for commercial signage and retail space at the base.

Year Built
Construction on 5 Times Square began in the Fall of 1999 and occupancy is expected to be in the first half of 2002.

Size
37-story, 1.1 million square feet

Size

1,022,571ft² / 95,000m²

 

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The EY sign on top of Ernst & Young National Headquarters, with Empire State Building and 3 Times Square on the left.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The Seventh Avenue entrance of 5 Times Square on 8 June 2002.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The steel of Times Square Tower in front of the Ernst & Young National Headquarters. 11 May 2002.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The view on Ernst & Young National Headquarters in March of 2002.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The reflection of 4 Times Square in 5 Times Square.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The view on 5 Times Square Building in February of 2002, with the blue-neon 3 Times Square Building on the right.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The view on 5 Times Square Building in February of 2002, with the construction site of 10 Times Square in front.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
Times Square 2002 celebrations on 31 December 2001.
The 1 Times Square building and the Paramount Building. Notice the ERNST & YOUNG sign on 5 Times Square building.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The view on Ernst & Young National Headquarters building from New York Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 90 in May of 2001. The buildings in the skyline from left to right: Viacom, Conde Nast, Reuters, Ernst & Young, Hilton Times Square, Empire State Building, and McGraw-Hill.

Ernst & Young National Headquarters/ 5 Times Square
The construction of 5 Times Square is almost finished in May of 2001. To the left of the building are Hilton New York – Times Square Hotel, Conde Nast building, and Reuters building.