Cue the pop of champagne: Hearst Tower in Manhattan is celebrating its 10th anniversary — and to be perfectly honest, there's a lot to celebrate.
Located near Central Park and Columbus Circle in New York City, the Hearst Tower and its iconic steel beams are instantly identifiable both from the surrounding streets and to those flying over New York City. It's of course the home of Popular Mechanics, House Beautiful, Siweb, Veranda, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and many other Hearst publications, but it was also the city's first LEED Gold skyscraper, designed by architect .
Officially completed in 2006, the Hearst Tower is built atop William Randolph Hearst's original six-story base, which was constructed in 1928. To celebrate the milestone 10th anniversary, an intriguing traveling exhibit, "Building with History: The Exhibit" is gracing both of the tower's rotating galleries in the third-floor atrium, with 28 scale presentation, section, site, study and master plan models, original sketches, floor plans and much more, chronicling the projects of Norman Foster and his firm, Foster + Partners.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Hearst Tower until April 15, according to a press release.
"For me, walking in here and seeing this sense of community takes me back in time to the very earliest days of the project," said Foster during a video tour of the tower. "I mean, the idea that it's a marriage of the old and the new, the most sustainable tower at that time."
While the six-story base on which the tower stands is celebrating its 88th anniversary, the modern tower itself represents contemporary, green design — and was the very first building commissioned in New York City after the September 11th attacks.
"Ten years later, Hearst Tower remains a symbol not only of this great city, but everything that Hearst, its people and its business stand for," said Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz in a statement.
Currently, more than 2,000 Hearst employees work in the building.
Can't make it to New York to celebrate the anniversary? Take a drone tour of the extraordinary space yourself with the video below — and watch your fascination with modern skyscrapers reach new heights.