YIMBY stopped by 303 East 44th Street in Midtown East, the site of a planned 600-foot-tall residential skyscraper from ODA Architects and Triangle Assets. Located along East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues, the 88,000-square-foot development is designed to yield roughly 44 condominiums spanning between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet apiece.
Photos by Tectonic show that demolition preparations have yet to commence on the two buildings occupying the plot. The storefront on the shorter three-story edifice looks as though it has been vacant for a considerable time, while the adjacent four-story building still displays banners advertising apartments for rent.
As rendered, 303 East 44th Street would be an exciting addition to the Midtown skyline. A futuristic deconstruction of the contemporary all-glass skyscraper, the massing is composed of a slender stack of reflective glass segments of varying heights separated by narrow funneled columns. These white-colored divisions feature an abstract form reminiscent of naturally eroded rock, and make way for open-air terraces.
The site is a short walk from a number of transit options at Grand Central Terminal, which offers access to the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains as well as the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven commuter rail lines. The address is also less than a block away from the United Nations complex and FDR Drive.
It is unclear as to whether ODA’s vision for 303 East 44th Street will be realized and built in the future, but YIMBY will keep an eye out for any sign of activity.