The New NYTimes Building

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Join us for the tour. After decades, the NYTimes is moving. From their old digs on 43rd street, the entire Times staff began moving this month to their brand spanking new GREEN building on 8th avenue between 40th and 41st streets.

Designed by Renzo Piano with environmental consulting by FXFowle Architects, interiors by Gensler and graphics by Pentagram, the new building has provoked controversy and pissed off some as a "jail with bars", but we found it pretty darn cool...

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The environmental aspects are what grabbed us most. We briefly describe some of what we saw in the slideshow as we travelled up on the outside of the building and worked our way down the stairs.

Notable features to keep in mind:

- It's modern, baby!

- The building has tremendous solar exposure with open glass on all sides
- "Corner offices" are in the center of each floor so the staff has the view
- The need for lighting is therefore minimized
- All the lighting is on dimmers to adjust to the level needed. During sunny days, it is largely off
- The AC system all runs under the floors which is more efficient as it only has to regulate the bottom 6' of each floor (where people work)
- The mechno-shades adjust all sunlight to reduce glare

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.