Construction Update: 160 Madison Avenue Gets Its Glass

160 Madison Avenue160 Madison Avenue, photo by YIMBY Forums user Tectonic

Last we checked in on 160 Madison Avenue, the East Side rental tower had been topped out, but the glassy curtain wall had just barely begun its climb.

Since then, façade installation has progressed quite a bit, and when YIMBY Forums user Tectonic went by the site last week, the glass had reached about halfway up the 42-story building. The windows are very reflective, but typical for new rental developments in Manhattan, and the cladding is inoffensive, unlike the tower’s form.

160 Madison Avenue

160 Madison Avenue, photo by YIMBY Forums user Tectonic

160 Madison Avenue was originally slated to be condos, but in a reversal from the usual trend in this market, J.D. Carlisle Development decided to go rental when they bought the site from the lender who had foreclosed on it, and chose SLCE Architects to do the design. They also bumped the height from 379 feet to 452 feet, and while the project adds a bit of heft to the skyline, it ultimately won’t be very visible beyond the immediate surroundings, due to the thicket of towers on Manhattan’s East Side.

160 Madison Avenue

160 Madison Avenue, photo by YIMBY Forums user Tectonic

The SLCE design features a primary building face that’s oriented at a 45-degree angle from its cross-streets, atop a two-story podium. The tower will hold 319 apartments, and should start to lease up at some point next year.

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