Gene Kaufman-Designed 292 Fifth Avenue Rises Above Street Level in Midtown Manhattan

292 Fifth Avenue by Gene Kaufman, photo by Michael Young

Located at 292 Fifth Avenue, between West 30th Street and West 31st Street on the edge of NoMad and Koreatown, a new hotel is now rising quickly above ground level.  Its architect is Gene Kaufman, designer of the world’s tallest Holiday Inn down at 99 Washington Street in the Financial District, and renderings have also now been posted on-site.

292 Fifth Avenue by Gene Kaufman, photo by Michael Young

Workers have now started pouring for the fourth floor, and the project will eventually stand 21 stories in all, rising roughly 210 feet above street level. Within, there will be just over 78,000 square feet of space, with 17 residential units sitting atop a 150-key hotel.

Sam Chang is the developer, and bought the lots back in 2017 for around $42 million. Three buildings that once sat on the site have been long demolished. The design shows a simple grid facade of windows and spacing, followed by the setback that features a thin glass curtain wall down the middle of the front elevation.

Looking at the bigger picture reveals that this may be a small project overall, but it still joins the list of upcoming and ongoing projects in and around the blocks of NoMad. Other nearby projects include 277 Fifth Avenue, which has topped out at 663 feet and is nearly fully clad. 15 East 30th Street designed by Handel Architects and developed by JD Carlisle Development Group and Fosun International is also closeby and set to stand 756 feet, while the Virgin Hotel to the west at 1225 Broadway will rise 38 stories and 476 feet.

277 Fifth Avenue by Rafael Vinoly, photo by Michael Young

15 East 30th Street by Handel Architects, photo by Michael Young

A completion date for 292 Fifth Avenue has not been announced yet but is safe to say sometime by the end of 2019 to early 2020 is reasonable.

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4 Comments on "Gene Kaufman-Designed 292 Fifth Avenue Rises Above Street Level in Midtown Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Now not in the future. (Construction)

  2. This is the architectural version of Trump saying he could “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it”

  3. David in Bushwick | August 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Reply

    Gene Kaufman is a good architect in that he makes other architects look so much better.
    But I blame the moronic developers…

  4. He finally built out to the property line, not leaving the adjacent building’s unfinished party walls exposed. Who says you can’t teach a no talent architect new tricks? Let’s hope he takes some design classes soon to improve his dull facades.

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