Installation of the stone and glass cladding is complete at 315 East 46th Street, the new nine-story home of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nation in Turtle Bay, Midtown East. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, developed by Fisher Brothers, and erected by Plaza Construction, the 145-foot-tall structure is now almost fully finished.
Recent photographs show the degree of progress that has occurred on the façade since our last update in September. The dense array of thin vertical strips is fully in place, and the blank eastern wall facing the nearby East River has finished receiving its stone treatment. This includes the falcon emblem that was etched into the panels along the lower levels. The only sections awaiting completion are at the ground floor, which is hidden behind sidewalk scaffolding and construction boards, as well as above the roof level, where a small mechanical section is in the process of being clad.
The light fixtures on the ceilings of several floors can be subtly spotted through the front profile. The compressed arrangement of the building’s fenestration allows for an optimal balance of privacy and daylight exposure.
Few details are available regarding the makeup of the interiors, but it’s likely the majority of the floor space above the ground level will be reserved for offices and meeting rooms. The site is located in an accessible location, about a ten-minute walk or six-minute car ride from Grand Central Terminal.
An official completion and opening date for 315 West 46th Street has not been announced, though sometime in 2021 is plausible.