Construction Update: 685  First Avenue

Northeast corner from First Avenue.

Construction is underway at 685 First Avenue, the 42-story residential tower in Murray Hill from Richard Meier & Partners Architects. The tower, composed of a minimalist extruded rectangular massing, will offer 556 residential rental and condo units in the first black glass clad building. An architectural cut-out spanning the 27th and 28th floors marks the transition from rentals to condos. Currently, the concrete superstructure has reached the 11th floor, marking the quarter height mark.

East facade from First Avenue.

Southeast corner from First Avenue.

Southwest corner from East 39th Street.

Southwest corner from East 39th Street.

Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects; Developer: Sheldon Solow; Program: Residential; Location: Kips Bay, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.