Renzo Piano, the Italian architect who first attained international recognition in 1977 as co-creator of the Pompidou Center in Paris, designed the new 52-story New York Times headquarters on Eighth Avenue.

Last fall, as the move was complete and the final touches were made, we toured the building and interviewed the architect and Michael Golden, Vice Chairman of the The New York Times Company.  Golden is the senior executive in charge of the building project. They explain the the philosophy behind the design and various design elements.

The new building is 58 percent owned by The New York Times Company and 42 percent by the Forest City Ratner Companies, the developer.  The Times occupies 800,000 square feet, a little over half of the space.

Congratulations Renzo Piano

Later this month Piano will be awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal in a ceremony in Washington.  Also this month, the Piano-designed extension of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will open. 

Disclosure:  This is the final video in a series of segments about the building that Beet Media has created on under contract to The New York Times Company. David Kavanaugh, my incredibly gifted producer, and I hope you enjoy your tour.  You can grab the embed code for this clip here.

— Andy Plesser