Korean Cultural Center’s Distinctive Form Taking Shape at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill

The Korean Cultural Center of New York. Rendering SAMOO Architecture

Construction is continuing on the Korean Cultural Center of NYC, a highly distinctive 120-foot-tall building at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill. Designed by SAMOO Architecture PC for Level Group, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, NY, purchased the property for $15.8 million in March 2008, including the use of nearly 4,500 square feet of air rights. The project, which broke ground in June 2018, is planned to yield 36,500 square feet.

Recent photos show the curving floor plates completed on the lower portion of the building. The main rendering above depicts this entire section of the superstructure enclosed in a glass box, creating a bright atrium between the outer walls and the actual building. It’s likely the framework for this exterior shell won’t be constructed until the reinforced concrete portion is finished. Capping the project is an ornate funnel-shaped crown clad in gold-colored horizontal ribs and interspersed with sections of glass.

122-126 East 32nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

It looks like construction is getting close to commencing on the final section of the structure.

122-126 East 32nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

122-126 East 32nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

122-126 East 32nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

122-126 East 32nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY estimates that the Korean Cultural Center could finish toward the end of 2021 or sometime in 2022.

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9 Comments on "Korean Cultural Center’s Distinctive Form Taking Shape at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill"

  1. You’re telling me that by the time this is completed it would be fourteen years in the making? Yikes. I don’t know about that…

  2. I really hope they dont paint over those old ads.

  3. A glass ‘box’ that makes you smile.

  4. K-pop venue, nice

  5. Who all can apply for these apartments and what are the requirements

  6. Looks like it will turn out great

  7. Vedawattie Singh | December 16, 2020 at 8:45 am | Reply

    I will like to aply have section 8 housing 3 bedroom.2 k8ds 1 adult

  8. Veronica Steele | December 16, 2020 at 7:46 pm | Reply

    I am looking for a 1 bedroom apartment. What do I need move in?

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