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Midtown Manhattan’s skyscraper boom continues with new Madison Avenue supertall

Tim Gibson

09 May 2021

MIDTOWN Manhattan's current skyscraper boom is set to continue with a proposed supertall at 343 Madison Avenue.

New renderings have been released of the 320-metre skyscraper showing the development eclipsing the nearby Chrysler Building.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and developed by Boston Properties, the building will contain 69,548 square metres of office space as well as retail and a connection to the future East Side Access project and Grand Central Terminal.

The building is roughly divided into thirds, separated by small step-backs and large bronze-coloured multi-storey trusses.

Each of these has outdoor terraces and seating while the building’s crown contains space for greenery and trees.

Above : The 320-metre supertall is expected to be completed by 2026. Image courtesy of KPF.

Demolition work is already underway on the site with excavation for the tower due to commence in 2022. Construction is expected to be wholly completed by 2026.

Midtown Manhattan underwent a dramatic rezoning in 2017, paving the way for a series of supertall skyscraper developments.

The first and most high profile of which was the recently completed 67-floor 427-metre One Vanderbilt.

While the New York City construction industry is still recovering from COVID-19, the demand for commercial office space has continued unabated, allowing for even more proposals of supertall commercial buildings.

Other major proposals include two projects from Foster + Partners: the 426-metre 270 Park Avenue and the 365-metre Penn 15.

270 Park Avenue will stand as the third tallest building in New York by roof height, while its dramatic tapering form will have a profound impact on the city’s skyline.

A 500-metre 85-storey mixed-use tower has also been proposed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

175 Park Avenue - otherwise known as Project Commodore - will be a state-of-the-art, sustainable tower, providing extensive improvements to the surrounding transportation infrastructure while also creating new public spaces.


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