Concrete superstructure continues to rise at Handel Architects' rental towers next to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights. The project includes two 15-story towers adjacent to the north façade of the cathedral, with a gap between the two towers to allow for a view of the cathedral's north transept. When completed in 2016, the two towers will bring 428 residential rental units to the Morningside neighborhood and a revenue stream to the church from the rental of the land the towers sit on.
Concrete has reached the tenth floor on the east tower, while the longer west tower has only reached the sixth floor. The facades of the towers are composed of exposed concrete piers with a sloping front face that mimic the flying buttresses of the cathedral facade that lies beyond. The sloping concrete piers not only reference the cathedral but also generate a sense of movement along the façade. Window installation has also begun on the east tower, revealing a black framed unit.