Demolition permits were filed last week for 5 East 51st Street, part of the assemblage that could give rise to New York City’s future tallest building by roof height. The future 1,556-foot-tall and 96-story Tower Fifth, is located in Midtown East, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Permits were previously filed for this lot in April, but later withdrawn. Filings for the remaining structures within the footprint have also been trickling in over the past few months, hopefully indicating that excavation for the prospective supertall is imminent.
This particular component is currently occupied by a 70-foot-tall, six-story commercial building. Constructed in 1930, the structure has 14,708 square feet of space 30 feet of street frontage. Developer Harry Macklowe’s plans for Tower Fifth call for an office tower with the third-highest floor count in Manhattan, after the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.
Macklowe finalized his $44 million purchase of this particular site in March, after announcing his plans for the supertall in January with a release of renderings. The images depict a slim profile with impressive floor heights and cutouts. The crown of the building features a crossbeam diagrid, while the base has floor-to-ceiling windows with a slight setback providing an unobstructed view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral across the street from the 85-foot-high lobby.
Gensler is the design architect for the building, in collaboration with Harry Macklowe, and the project features a closed cavity system that reduces solar heat gain by 70 percent. The massing of the structure is consistent for the bulk of the rise until it reaches a cantilevering observation deck consisting of multiple floors at the top.
Preliminary filings for Tower Fifth were submitted at the beginning of the year, but firm completion date has been announced just yet.