Exterior work is getting closer to completion on 425 Park Avenue, an 897-foot-tall office skyscraper in Midtown East. Designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by L&L Holding Company LLC with Adamson Associates as the architect of record, the building stands 47 stories tall and will span 666,996 square feet.
Recent photos show the state of progress on the tower, which is located between 55th and 56th Streets. The signature trio of fins atop the roof parapet appear to be substantially finished, with only some minor touches remaining to be completed on the backside where they connect to the building.
The portion of the exterior furthest from completion is the lower floors of the podium. Large glass panels that enclose the ground floor’s high ceilings are already installed on the northern elevation along East 56th Street, as well as on the side facing Park Avenue. The main rendering shows a large metal canopy cantilevering over the sidewalk just below the start of the first office floors.
The lower section of the construction crane is still occupying a portion of the lowermost massing, which will eventually be enclosed in glass and metal once the upper floors are completed.
The building’s two main setback transitions are smoothed by diagonal columns and angular glass surfaces with diamond-shaped mullions, an interesting touch that sets the skyscraper apart from other contemporary projects. These areas will host amenity spaces with abundant natural light exposure and views up and down Park Avenue.
From afar we can see the scale of the fins that rise among the Midtown skyline. The panels that cover the reinforced concrete walls on the rear elevation were installed quickly over the last few months.
425 Park Avenue will likely be completed sometime in 2021.