Façade work on the Turkevi Center at 821 First Avenue in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay is taking shape. Located at the intersection of East 46th Street and First Avenue, the topped-out reinforced concrete skyscraper rises 563 feet and will eventually serve as the consulate of the Republic of Turkey. Perkins Eastman is the designer of the 35-story mixed-use development.
New photos from street level show how the newly installed reflective glass accentuates the design’s curved corners and sloped crown. The exterior hoist can be seen starting to be disassembled, while work continues on a large section of the envelope on the upper portion of the tower where the residential units will be located.
The development will contain about 102,000 square feet of commercial space spread across the first 15 floors. There will also be an auditorium in the cellar levels, offices, a prayer room, passport and visa branch offices, and outdoor terraces on the seventh, 11th, and 16th floors. A total of 40,195 square feet of residential space will be divided among 20 apartments for both staff and visitors, and will begin on the 20th floor. Each unit will average 2,045 square feet, and two apartments are set to become duplexes. Located at a prominent elevation, these residences will offer wide, uninterrupted views of the United Nations, the East River, and the morning sun. Other amenities include a fitness center, a shared terrace space on the 20th floor, and an underground parking garage below grade with the capacity to hold 20 vehicles.
Completion of 821 First Avenue will likely occur next year.