One Vanderbilt Reaches First Crowning Setback, in Midtown East

One Vanderbilt, photo by Andrew Nelson rendering by Jose Hernandez

One Vanderbilt has reached a significant milestone in Midtown East. Construction has begun on the setbacks that will form the signature crown and hold the architectural spire for the supertall office building. White steel beams that make up the sloped top of the setback are visible on the western elevation, while the core walls are also rising and can be seen from a distance. Kohn Pedersen Fox is the architect and SL Green is the developer of the future 77-story tower, which will stand 1,401 feet when finished and yield nearly 1.75 million square feet of commercial space.

The photos below show the extent of the rising skyscraper from multiple vantage points across and beyond Manhattan.

The Chrysler Building and One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

The curtain wall visible from Bryant Park. Photo by Michael Young

The western corner of One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

The top of the western elevation with the first setback reached. Photo by Michael Young

Construction on the final floors should be quicker due to the gradually reduced size of the floor plates. One Vanderbilt will enjoy being the tallest structure in the neighborhood, but will only hold this distinction for a short amount of time.

The Midtown East rezoning is paving the way for a number of other even loftier supertalls to sprout in the next several years. These include Foster + Partners proposal for the redevelopment of 270 Park Avenue, the recently released renderings for Vornado‘s office tower at 350 Park Avenue and finally what will could soon become the tallest skyscraper in New York City by roof height, Five East 51st Street, aka Tower Fifth.

One Vanderbilt could possibly top off this summer, and is expected to be completed next year.

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