Construction Update: 121 East 22nd Street

Façade installation is underway at 121 East 22nd Street, the two-tower residential development in the Flatiron District from Toll Brothers City Living and Gemdale Properties and Investment. OMA's New York office, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu, is responsible for the design of the 18-story residential tower, the firm's first in the city.

Looking up at the south facade from East 22nd Street.

Precast panels are going up on the smaller tower, located mid-block on East 22nd Street. The smaller tower's façade features a dark-toned, faceted design with precast panels in either a single or double bay size. Warped rectangular cutouts on the panels await future window installation.

Precast panel awaiting installation on East 22nd Street.

Construction worker prepares precast panel for the crane lift.

Crane lifts precast panel into place on the East 22nd Street façade.

South facade detail.

South facade detail.

South facade from East 22nd Street.

Superstructure has reached the seventh floor at the larger tower, which will eventually rise 18-stories at the corner of East 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Addressing the neighborhood's pre-war architectural context, the façade features a punched window design that transitions to a faceted northeast corner with glazing that frames views from multiple angles. This faceted corner will echo the faceted design of the smaller tower on East 22nd Street.

East facade from Lexington Avenue.

Northeast corner from Lexington Avenue.

North facade from East 23rd Street.

Architects: OMA NY (Design Architect), SLCE Architects (Architect of Record); Developers: Toll Brothers City Living with Gemdale Properties and Investment; Program: Residential; Location: Flatiron District, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.