Construction Tour: 685 First Avenue

Southeast corner.

Curtain wall installation is nearing completion at 685 First Avenue, the 43-story residential tower in Midtown East from Solow Building Company. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, the tower is composed of a minimalist extruded rectangular massing clad in black glass. When completed, the tower will offer 556 residential rental and condo units in Solow Building Company's first condominium project. An architectural cut-out spanning the 27th and 28th floors marks the transition from rentals to condos. 

Looking up at the east facade from First Avenue.

Close-up of the east façade.

Close-up of the façade at the southeast corner.

Northeast corner from First Avenue.

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Northeast corner of the tower.

Southwest corner from East 39th Street.

West façade from East 40th Street.

Midtown reflections on the tower facade.

View west towards Midtown from the top floor.

View south towards Lower Manhattan from the top floor.

View southeast towards the Brooklyn waterfront from the top floor.

View east towards Long Island City from the top floor.

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