The limestone-faced apartment tower at 301 East 50th Street, at the corner of Second Avenue, topped out two months ago. Since then, much progress has been made on the façade, visible in photos taken by YIMBY Forums user Tectonic. The limestone is almost fully applied, and window installation is nearing the halfway mark.
The 29-story building is developed by CBSK Ironstate, and the design is by Cook + Fox, who describes the exterior thusly on their website:
Drawing on inspiration from the elegance and materials found in the art and architecture of early 20th century Paris, the refined limestone and zinc exterior of the building is developed to incorporate 57 gracious layouts within a tailored, high-performance design. […]
In addition, the building’s highly insulated limestone-clad facade and custom exterior sun shading are high-performance design elements that shield the interiors from the heat of summer sun while allowing for an abundance of daylight in the winter months. A thoughtful balance between well-proportioned windows, thick limestone walls, and sun shading create a comfortable, yet expansive and panoramic view of the city.
Of the apartments available on the building’s sales website, low floor units start in the high $1,000s per square foot. The priciest unit currently on offer is a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath unit on the 23rd floor, asking $4.9 million, in the low $2,000s a foot.
The tower is just one of many that’s risen along Second since the beginning of the postwar period, replacing the dumpy tenements originally built when Second and Third Avenues were still begrimed by elevated railways. On 51st Street, HFZ’s 32-story Halcyon condo tower, at 305 East 51st Street, is nearly complete. And half a dozen blocks uptown, on the budding Billionaires’ Row, World Wide Group recently broke ground on the SOM-designed 252 East 57th Street, set to bring a new standard of luxury to the corner of Second and East 57th.
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