Last week, the first full renderings appeared for the Alvaro Siza-designed 823 Eleventh Avenue, but that isn’t the biggest change underway on the block. Immediately to its northwest, TF Cornerstone’s new rental building at 606 West 57th Street is almost ready for its opening day, with construction nearly complete on the 1,028-unit project.
Tectonic sent along the above photos of progress on the one million square-foot project, which rises 42 floors and 440 feet. Within that, 961,063 square feet of residential space is divided amongst 1,028 apartments. There is also 37,463 square feet of commercial square footage, and space for 400 cars and 558 bicycles in a garage.
The design does a major favor for the last undeveloped corner of 57th Street, and only five years ago, much of the vicinity was also substantially under-built. In the time since, Durst’s VIA 57 West has opened, and other major towers have been completed or are only a year or two out at the Riverside Center redevelopment.
With the surrounding neighborhood now beginning to meet its long-underbuilt potential, 606 West 57th Street will contribute the largest single-building boost of any project to sheer density. The glassy stack of boxes also pushes the urbanity of Midtown all the way to the Hudson River, and when viewed alongside VIA, the pair of unconventional skyscrapers show that the new 57th Street can still house new developments that aren’t solely intended for billionaires.
Arquitectonica is the design architect, while SLCE Architects is the architect of record. Full opening is likely within the next few months.