Part luxury condominiums, part Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the towers, each topped by a 60-foot-tall lantern, rise from a podium base that contains a high-end shopping mall, Time Warner offices, large span studios, CNN broadcasting facilities, classroom facilities and parking. Nestled in the heart of the podium, “Jazz at Lincoln Center”, a 1,200-seat concert hall for which WSP USA also provided MEP engineering, is acoustically isolated from the rest of the building.
The structure occupies a total of 2.8 million square feet of space on a 150,000-square-foot site. The complex, located at Columbus Circle, is a multi-functional structure composed of several “stacked” buildings each with its own space allocation requirements. The structural system was calculated to obtain a harmonious blending of the enormous variety of uses associated with the project.