Semi-Revealed: 172 Madison Avenue

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172 Madison Avenue has seen several proposals come and go, but now, drawings have finally been posted for the future 31-story building, which sits just above 33rd Street. Permits, partially approved earlier this month, list Karl Fischer as the architect of record, and Yitzchak Tessler as the developer. The images come courtesy of a tipster, who notes that excavation has also begun.

172 Madison Avenue

172 Madison Avenue

In total, the tower will span 129,442 square feet, including a 4,523 square foot commercial component. The remainder will be split between 67 residences, and with floor-plans averaging approximately 2,000 square feet, condominiums would appear to be likely.

172 Madison Avenue is located in a prime corridor for new construction, just to the north of 160 Madison Avenue, which recently topped-out. Tessler’s building will be of a slightly smaller scale, but the design for 172 should be more appealing from a pedestrian perspective. A short base manages to keep the street-wall semi-intact, and setbacks for the bulk of the tower are minor. Zoning diagrams illustrate additional facade details, though intricacies have yet to be fully illuminated by actual renderings.

172 Madison Avenue

172 Madison Avenue

172 Madison’s highest occupied floor will stand 391 feet tall, while the tower’s mechanicals — which surround a rooftop pool — will extend the pinnacle to just shy of 450 feet. Ceiling heights will start at 11 feet, increasing to 18 feet for the top five floors.

Whether Karl Fischer serves as the design architect remains to be seen, but the on-site drawing shows significant changes compared to previous proposals. With dirt moving and partial permit approvals secured, construction seems to be a go, though no formal completion date has been announced.

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