Superstructure has reached the 50th floor and installation is underway on the faceted curtain wall of the east facade at One Hundred East Fifty Third Street. The 63-story, 94-unit tower is located adjacent to the landmark Seagram Building tower in the Midtown East neighborhood. Developers RFR and Hines tapped the British architecture firm, Foster + Partners, to design the tower, which initially included plans for a Shangri-La Hotel when conceived in 2007. After stalling out during the financial crisis at the end of the decade, the project returned with the same architect but a residential focus.
The project's final design includes an 9-story podium with a setback tower. A faceted glass facade adorns the east and west facades while the north and south facades are straight. Clear glass alternates with aluminum spandrel panels that conceal the perimeter structure. The strong vertical lines of the ribbed spandrel panels help to emphasize the height of the tower. At the straight north facade, the clear glass curtain wall panels contain a white, thin vertical frit pattern that echoes the vertical texture of the faceted facade. Installation of the north facade is furthest along, with panels reaching the 19th floor.
Architects: Foster + Partners (Design Architect), SLCE Architects (Architect of Record); Interiors: William T. Georgis; Owners: RFR, Vanke; Developers: RFR, Hines; Program: Residential, Retail; Location: Midtown East, New York, NY; Completion: 2017.