Structural Framework Finished for 425 Park Avenue’s Parapet Fins, in Midtown East

425 Park Avenue. Rendering by Dbox, courtesy of Foster + Partners

YIMBY last checked in on the construction progress and installation of the structural frames for 425 Park Avenue‘s trident of parapet fins back in August. Now all three are in place above the flat roof of the 47-story, 897-foot-tall Midtown East structure. The office tower is designed by Norman Foster, head of Foster + Partners, and is being developed by L&L Holding Company LLCAdamson Associates is the architect of record.

Photos from across the city show that the temporary steel braces that went in between the fins have also been recently dismantled, making the fins appear more prominent.

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue’s eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, the glass curtain wall that makes up the large western elevation facing Park Avenue closes in on the final floors of the third and largest building tier.

Looking up at the main Park Avenue elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The opaque panels on the wide eastern elevation facing the East River are also climbing closer to the roof. These cover the reinforced concrete walls of the egress and elevator core, and they include a pair of blue-colored vertical strips of windows near the centerline of the profile.

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The photo below from the past summer shows what the fins looked like with the bracing, and before they were fully topped. Showing the same elevation, the rendering below depicts what the final product will look like at night. Each fin will be illuminated and create a distinct crown above the Midtown skyline.

The eastern elevation of 425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue, rendering by Visualhouse

425 Park Avenue is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.

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10 Comments on "Structural Framework Finished for 425 Park Avenue’s Parapet Fins, in Midtown East"

  1. Pardon me for using your space:

    Looks very high-tech

    (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Very unique, bold and different. Easily to distinguish.

  3. David in Bushwick | October 29, 2019 at 9:02 am | Reply

    It looks like the rather too tall fins have been shortened from the original rendering.

  4. No comment.

  5. The fins cheapen the design of the building. The building holds its own w out any decorative top. If they had to have some fanfare, fins half the size or repeating the triangular pattens from below would have topped off the building more successfully.

  6. Nice front, ugly backside. I’m not into the “naked spine” design at all, especially knowing that another such building (by Foster, wasn’t it?) is in the works for Park Ave which will be much taller, i.e. much more visibly bland from its backside. At least this one ends up being filler, more or less.

  7. Nicely written Michael! love this building

  8. Like a beautiful girl from the front…and a wall from the back.

  9. Seems like the fins are short! Based on the rendering they should be about 10 stories high.

  10. Another blight on the city from Foster Partners, the undead of architecture firms. Pathetic.

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