7 World Trade Gets Science-y

Nice carpet

This must be Larry Silverstein’s lucky day.

He’s getting his very first tenant at 7 World Trade Center, and it’s a smart little group: The New York Academy of Sciences.

H3 Hardy Collaboration will be designing the 40th floor for the NYAS. Architect Hugh Hardy has designed the Rainbow Room up in Rockefeller Center–plus, you may remember, Windows on the World.

The press release calls this “a major milestone in LoMa’s revitalization.”


More PR after the jump.

Max Abelson


The view into the 40th floor of 7 World Trade Center will be as impressive as the view out when the New York Academy of Science (NYAS) moves in in late September, the first new tenant of Silverstein Properties’ much-publicized building.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture designed the Academy’s 40th Floor offices. Principal Hugh Hardy is accustomed to designing attention-getting high places: Windows on the World, lost in the 9/11 attacks, and the renovated Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center. The Academy’s commitment to Lower Manhattan, shown by its upcoming move, represents a major milestone in LoMa’s revitalization. H3’s design is the latest step in the ongoing revitalization and reinvention of this prominent New York institution.

What You’ll See
The new 28,000-square-foot home for the Academy, now located in a former upper East Side mansion, will better reflect its progressive mission and allow it to enhance its prominent position, locally and globally, as a builder of scientific communities and disseminator of scientific information. The new offices provide state-of-the-art office and conferencing facilities for groups as small as 30 and as big as 300. Design flourishes include custom-designed red carpet woven with a representation of the DNA double helix and photographic panels that contain enlarged images of the natural environment as seen through an electron microscope.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the third firm begun by renowned architect Hugh Hardy, provides architecture, planning, and interior design services in a collaborative studio environment. The firm designs commercial interiors, public spaces, performing arts centers, libraries, educational institutions, residential buildings, museums, retail facilities, and restaurants. H3 was founded in 2004.

The New York Academy of Sciences, a global organization committed to building communities and advancing science, is one of America’s oldest scientific institutions. Founded in 1817, the Academy has some 25,000 members from 140 countries, including Nobel Laureates and leaders of some of the world’s top academic and research institutions and companies. 7 World Trade Gets Science-y