626 First Avenue

Superstructure has reached the seventh floor at JDS Development Group's 626 First Avenue, a two tower, 800-unit luxury rental development in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 41 and 49 story towers slope towards each other, with a connecting sky bridge that houses an indoor pool and lounge. The two towers will be clad in glass curtain wall on the east and west facades, while the more solid north and south walls feature openings set amongst copper cladding. Situated next to the East River, both towers should have expansive waterfront views and the convenience of close proximity to the Midtown terminal for the East River Ferry. 
Currently, only the tower at the northwest corner of the site has reached above ground with superstructure. The second tower at the southeast corner should finish foundations soon and start to rise. Construction is scheduled to finish by early 2017.

P.S. 281 at the southwest corner of the site from First Avenue.

P.S. 281 at the southwest corner of the site from First Avenue.

The northwest tower from First Avenue.

West facade of P.S. 281 (right) and the northwest tower (left).

The northwest tower (left) and P.S. 281 (right) from First Avenue.

North facade of the northwest tower from the plaza of Manhattan Place (Costas Kondylis, 1985).

Northeast corner of the site from FDR Drive.

Looking west from FDR Drive.

Southeast corner of the site from FDR Drive.

Detail of the northwest tower's structure.

Looking north from East 35th Street.

Looking west toward the site from the East River Esplanade.

ArchitectsSHoP ArchitectsLandscape ArchitectsSCAPEStructural EngineersWSPDeveloperJDS Development GroupProgram: Residential, Retail; Location: Murray Hill, New York, NY; Completion: 2017.