The New York Times compared its occupant to the Sheraton hotel chain and The New Yorker called it a "gorgeous gemlike tower." And, ahem, plenty of others have weighed in.


That's right. We're talking about Norman Foster's Hearst Tower at 57th Street and 8th Ave., also New York's first completely green high-rise. As of this week, it's also the new home of O, The Oprah Magazine staffers.

Including Editor-in-Chief Amy Gross, whom we saw in the elevator sans traditional buttons (down in the lobby, you press the number of the floor that is your destination on a digital pad). "We're so happy," she said as a group of us - an art consultant and a daily news reporter from Germany - headed up to O's 35th floor nest.

We'd be happy, too. In most skyscrapers, corners - and their lavish views - are prime real estate. Not so at the 78-year-old Hearst Tower or O, at least, where several are completely open and accessible to everyone (which, we think, likely makes said everyone less drone-like at 4 pm). And, get this, the glass offices are transparent. Really. According to the architect on the site, blinds are restricted.