Out of all the towers currently under construction in Manhattan, the most significantly relative to its surrounding neighborhood is likely 45 East 22nd Street. The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed building will eventually stand 777 feet tall, but it’s already poking above the local concrete jungle, and its sloped cantilever is also now obvious, per the latest from Tectonic.
Continuum Development is behind the project, which is rising on the same block as One Madison. While that building is technically not the tallest tower in Midtown South, at the moment it commands the most prominence in the vicinity, with a flat roof 641 feet above street level giving it significantly more heft than the angled/pointed top of the MetLife Clocktower (which stands 700 feet tall.)
Renderings posted by YIMBY earlier this year show the dramatic effect this will have on the vicinity. The KPF design will feature a tapered and almost crystalline-like appearance, while the base of the project will be clad in masonry, blending it into existing pre-war surrounds.
While it’s not yet obvious, the tower has a relative that is also about to begin rising into the Manhattan skyline. 111 Murray Street was also designed by KPF, and will stand 822 feet to its peak, just under fifty feet above its Flatiron sibling. While 111 Murray will be more rounded than the angularly-minded 45 East 22nd Street, the dimensions between the skyscrapers will be almost the same.
Building applications for 45 East 22nd Street indicate its total scope will measure 372,000 square feet, spanning over 64 floors, and split between 83 condominiums. Completion is currently expected in 2016.