YIMBY tour 425 Park Avenuea 47-story commercial skyscraper completed in east center and the first new full-block building constructed along Park Avenue’s Plaza District in nearly half a century. Designed by Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by L&L Holding CompanyTokyu Land Corporation, and co-managing partner BentallGreenOak, the 897-foot-tall tower produces 667,000 square feet of Class A flexible office space with panoramic views up and down Park Avenue and more City centerManhattan. Adamson Associates Architects was the architect of record, WSP was the structural engineer and MEP, R&R Scaffolding provided the BMU, and Tishman Construction was the construction manager for the property, which is located between East 55th and East 56th streets.
Our visit to the skyscraper was greeted with clear skies, which made for fantastic 360-degree views of many famous New York landmarks. To the west is the row of billionaires that begins with Rafael Vinoly432 Park Avenue at 1,396 feet, followed by SHOP Architects‘ 1,428 feet high 111 West 57th StreetChristian de Portzamparc’s One57, 300 meters high, adrian smith + gordon gillit’s 1,550 feet high central park towerand a sliver of Robert AM Stern Architect‘s 220 Central Park South.
To the south are notable Art Deco landmarks like Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building, as well as the Citigroup Center, MetLife Building, Lever House, and the Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue.
Among these 20th century icons are new additions such as Kohn Pedersen’s Foxit’s 1,401 feet high a vanderbilt and the 1,388-foot-tall steel-framed superstructure of JPMorgan Chase’s new headquarters in 270 park avenue, which Lord Norman Foster also designed for Tishman Speyer. It is expected to be completed by 2025. Construction will likely approach the halfway point sometime this winter.
To the east are the emerging skylines of downtown Long Island City, Hunters Point and Greenpoint, as well as the Queensboro Bridge, MOS‘s 252 East 57th Streetand the recently completed 850-foot-tall Sutton Tower by Thomas Juul Hansen a 430 East 58th Street.
Views from the north show Central Park, the Upper East Side, and the rest of Park Avenue.
Below are photos taken from the exterior terraces of the 26th floor and the interior of Club Diagrid. Outdoor spaces flank the north and south ends of the floor plate and are furnished with seating, tables, and gardens.
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