The new condominium project under construction at 45 East 22nd Street is already making significant headway, and YIMBY posted an update of the tower’s progress only a few weeks ago. But a tipster has sent along a photo of new signage that has just gone up along the construction fencing, and we also have a fresh rendering of what the 777-foot tall building will look like, viewed with its neighbors along Madison Square Park.
Continuum is developing the tower, and both Kohn Pedersen Fox and Goldstein Hill and West are working on the design. Permits list the total scope at approximately 372,000 square feet, rising 64 floors, to be divided between 83 condominiums. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is behind the interiors, previously unveiled on Curbed.
45 East 22nd Street will stand substantially taller than anything else in the neighborhood, including both One Madison and the MetLife Tower, which had previously reigned over the local skyline (the latter for over a century). While the building will certainly be large, its impact on Madison Square Park will be additively minimal compared to the shorter and squatter buildings that have loomed over the park and its surrounds for over a century.
In any case, the skyscraper is part of a larger trend where taller buildings are now creeping south from Midtown. Over on the far West Side, towers up to 400 feet tall will rise next to the High Line and 18th Street, and a 445-foot tall building is in the works at 131 West 23rd Street, not to mention 15 and 35 Hudson Yards.
The area just to the north of Continuum’s project will feature even larger buildings, with two 700’+ towers now permitted across the street from one another at 126 Madison Avenue and 281 Fifth Avenue, both on 30th Street.
While all of the buildings listed above will be substantial, none have broken ground yet. 45 East 22nd Street is already creeping into the skyline, and completion is expected by 2016; reps for the project also sent word that the building has now hit the 40% sold mark.