Construction Update: 685 First Avenue

Looking up at the southeast corner from East 39th Street.

Progress continues 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.

Concrete superstructure nears the half-way height of the finished tower and curtain wall installation has begun at the southeast corner.

Close-up of the curtain wall at the southeast corner.

Southeast corner from First Avenue.

East facade from First Avenue.

Close-up of the curtain wall at the east façade.

Northeast corner from First Avenue.

Northwest corner from East 40th Street.

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