Bank of China


Bank of China Museum & Lobby,
7 Bryant Park, New York, NY
1045 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Chief Architect: 

Pei Cobb Feed & Partners


Sky Acoustics | Custom Acoustical Products

Newmat | Stretched Membrane

Acoustical Consultants: 

Cerami & Associates


  1. Sky Acoustics, AURA / APTUS

  2. Newmat, 6 NEW/LIGHT translucent 3D Systems

This project for a new office tower in midtown Manhattan is located on a block-long site fronting on the Avenue of the Americas between 39th and 40th Streets, and it presents an especially interesting opportunity. The program calls for a building that conforms to the mandated zoning envelope and setbacks while maximizing office floor plates in a volume that rises to 28 occupied stories in height and provides approximately 474,000 s/f of office space.

The facade above is composed of stainless steel spandrels and floor-to-ceiling glass in polished aluminum frames, organized according to a horizontal module of 10 feet that provides generous views to the park. The glass is low-iron insulating glass with a highly efficient low-E coating that provides increased thermal performance while maximizing transparency and visible light transmittance. The project utilizes energy-saving mechanical systems and co-generation and is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The simple but novel articulations of the building volume will transform this office tower into a memorably engaging presence that enriches the public realm while offering the building’s occupants an unexpectedly privileged relationship to Bryant Park.

The interior is proving to be just as stunning as the landmark exterior. A museum was even included inside. Sky Acoustics was able to work with the acoustical consultants and architect to design a stunning piece for the center of the room that is not only reflective of China’s connection with the United States but the exciting architecture of the exterior of the building.

Newmat provided 6 NEW/LIGHT translucent 3D Systems in the lobby (approximately 1,100 square feet total) using one layer of T0B132/white translucent wide width membrane, with a 4” Aluminum fascia and 4” aluminum vaulted white powder coated exposed skeleton.

Project of the Year
Engineering News Record New York, 2016 
American Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum, 2016 
Best Office Building
Engineering News Record New York, 2016 
Tucker Design Award
Building Stone Institute, 2016
Award for Excellence: Finalist Urban Land Institute New York, 2016

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