Construction Update: 50 UN Plaza

Construction on the Foster-designed 50 UN Plaza is speeding up, and the structure has more than doubled in height since last month’s update. If the present pace of work continues, the tower should easily reach its 520-foot pinnacle by early summer, as there are only thirty-odd floors to go before topping-out.

The design seems typical besides the bay windows, whichalready cast in concretegive the tower a semi-distinctive flair. Eventually the tower’s stainless steel facade will solidify its prominence on the East River, potentially even cementing the design as a stand-out.

With the expected astronomical pricing, 50 UN Plaza’s facade certainly warrants the use of top-notch materials, which will make or break the building’s overall appearance. Given the riverfront location, quality is of the utmost importance—something Foster understands as an architect, which is why the final product should be great—and because of 50 UN Plaza’s visibility, the tower’s impact on the skyline will be greater than that of a typical 500-foot building.


50 UN Plaza NYC
50 UN Plaza, image from Terri Mills

50 UN Plaza
50 UN Plaza, image from Terri Mills
50 UN Plaza NYC
50 UN Plaza, image from Terri Mills

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50 UN Plaza, image from Terri Mills
50 UN Plaza NYC
50 UN Plaza, image from Terri Mills

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1 Comment on "Construction Update: 50 UN Plaza"

  1. that’s a magnificent construction job…… Lend Lease a wonderful company… I work @dat site. The job is really something to write home about.

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