Designed by Emery Roth & Sons, 77 Water Street was built in 1970, and unveiled as a bold concept that redefined the traditional image of an office building as a sterile environment.
“Our objective at 77 Water was to make the building disappear,” Kaufman said. “The scale of any large office building is impossible for a human being to relate to — it’s oppressive. Our plaza is inviting, exciting, warm and friendly. It makes people forget they’re at an office building.”
As with other Kaufman properties, 77 Water Street contains an enticing mix of historic objects and public amenities. The building is also known for an unusual trademark World War I replica fighter plane. Prominently positioned on the rooftop of 77 Water Street, the sculptured steel Sopwith Camel fighter plane, which sits on an Astroturf runway adorned with landing lights and a wind sock, provides a rich source of enjoyment and inspiration.