The stone facade of 115 East 55th Street takes shape in Midtown East, Manhattan
Exterior work is progressing at 115 East 55th Street, an 18-story residential building in Midtown East. Designed by SLCE Architects for Zeckendorf Development, the 185-foot-tall, 71,961-square-foot structure will produce 62 units. The property is located between Park and Lexington Avenues, just off the back of Norman Foster’s 47-story, 660,000 square foot 425 Park Avenue.
Since our last update at the end of March, the reinforced concrete superstructure has reached a climax and work has moved to installing the warm-colored stone facade, which now covers much of the main south elevation.
The following photos show the details of the pre-war inspired stone panels that are individually hung using a telescopic boom crane. Several other pieces of the fenestration have arrived on platforms and are awaiting installation. Windows have yet to be installed in the large square voids, and we expect this to begin once most of the exterior is closed.
Other decorative elements of the exterior design include thick cornices, dark metal balustrades placed in front of several Juliet balconies, and an elegantly curved canopy over the main entrance along East 55th Street. The renderings also depict landscaped terraces on the recesses, which are placed next to parts of the building enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the top last floors. The 62 homes are expected to be spread over 59,819 square feet. Each of them would have an average of 964 square feet. The property is also slated to include a cellar and a private 30 foot long backyard. Finally, it appears that the mechanical units extended to the top of the roof parapet will be covered with a very tight assembly of horizontal grids, surrounded by shrubs on the north and south sides.
115 East 55th Street is scheduled for completion next March.
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