626 First Avenue

Foundation work has started at SHoP Architects' project on the East River in Murray Hill. The design includes two towers, 40 and 47 stories, with a predominantly glass enclosure on the east and west facades and a more solid enclosure of copper panels on the north and south facades.  The towers are connected by a "skybridge" towards the top with a wealth of amenities including:  indoor lap pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, spa area, squash court, weight room, cardio space, juice bar, yoga and Pilates studio, daycare, golf simulator, flexible workout space, studio, and lounge.  When completed, the project will bring 800 residential units to the area.

The corner of First Avenue and East 36th Street.

View of the construction site from East 36th Street.

Looking west towards the site from the East River Esplanade.

The corner of East 35th Street and FDR Drive.

Looking north along East 35th Street.

Architects: SHoP Architects; Developer: JDS Development Group; Program: Residential, Retail; Location: Murray Hill, New York, NY; Completion: 2016.