Construction Update: 252 East 57th Street

252 East 57th Street252 East 57th Street, photo by ILNY

Early last month, YIMBY posted a new look for the residential tower that is currently rising at 252 East 57th Street. The future 65-story building was designed by SOM, with SLCE serving as the architect of record, and the World Wide Group is developing along with Rose Associates. The latest batch of photos come from YIMBY reader ILNY.

252 East 57th Street

252 East 57th Street, photo by ILNY

The project has been in the pipeline for approximately a whole decade, and construction is divided between two phases. The first part saw the construction of a new school with a Whole Foods in the base, and afterwards, an old school on the eastern edge of the site was demolished — clearing the path for the residential tower to rise.

252 East 57th Street

252 East 57th Street, photo by ILNY

252 East 57th Street is now rising quickly, with the superstructure already up to the ninth floor. SOM has put a spin on the typical glass box with cylindrical cut-outs shaping each side of the tower, though they are not yet visible as they do not extend to the project’s base, and the stub of the actual tower is still shrouded in netting.

Besides its continued climb, window installation has also begun, with the first glass appearing for the building’s second floor.

252 East 57th Street

252 East 57th Street, photo by ILNY

The entire tower will span approximately 470,000 square feet, split between 93 condominiums and 175 rental units, with 268 residences in total. Completion is expected by the end of 2016.

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