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Air Conditioning

2010 June 3

Hearst Tower, at 57th Street and 8th Avenue, is a study in contrasts. Completed in 2006, the modern glass tower was built on top of the original 1928 façade. That design was always meant as the base for a skyscraper, but the Great Depression put a stop to those plans. Until now.

The new tower is a “green” office building, which, among other things, collects rainwater on the roof for use throughout the building. Some of that water feeds this three-story lobby sculpture called Icefall. The circulating water actually cools the lobby air.

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