Construction starts on 50 United Nations Plaza in New York
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Construction starts on 50 United Nations Plaza in New York

15 Nov 2012

Construction has started on the $500m 50 United Nations Plaza in New York, US, designed by the UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.

50 United Nations Plaza in New York

Construction has started on the $500m 50 United Nations Plaza in New York, US, designed by the UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.

Developed by Zeckendorf Development in collaboration with Global Holdings, the residential tower will be built on a site within the United Nations Plaza, overlooking the UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Upon its scheduled completion in 2014, the 44-storey condominium will feature 87 apartments with interior layouts.

Foster + Partners said that the tower’s three slender volumes will visually reduce the building’s scale, while emphasising its vertical structure.

Three slender volumes will extend to deep bay windows to maximise outside views and living space in the building.

Reflective panels to be installed vertically between each of the bays will enhance the visual appeal of the facade.

The tower’s 87 units will range in size from 1,100ft² one-bedroom units, two-bedroom units from 1,600ft² to more than 2,600ft², and 3,000ft² three-bedroom apartments.

The tower will include a spa, an exercise pool and a two-floor penthouse featuring 10,000ft² of living space, as well as an infinity-edge pool.

50 United Nations Plaza will also feature a private car park and garden, a residents-only garage with 87 parking spaces and 5,000ft² of retail, as well as restaurant space on First Avenue.

Foster + Partners founder and chairman Norman Foster said that the slender proportion of 50 United Nations Plaza is attenuated by the vertical stacks of bay windows.

"The polished stainless steel detailing of the facade is in the sprit of earlier historic towers in the city and it reflects the sharp quality of light which is special to New York," Foster said.

Active and passive environmental features will be incorporated into the building. More than half of the facade will be made of solid material with the rest made up of insulated glazing material. Recycled materials will be used during construction.


Image: After its completion in 2014, the 44-storey 50 United Nations Plaza will feature 87 apartments with interior layouts. Photo: Foster + Partners.