Curtain wall work is nearing completion on Queens Plaza Park, aka Sven, a 762-foot-tall skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City and number 17 on our countdown of the tallest projects underway in the city. Designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization, the 67-story project is the second-tallest structure in Queens and will yield 978,000 square feet of mixed-use space. Selldorf Architects is serving as the interior designer, Hunter Roberts as the general contractor, and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering is handling the required mechanical systems. The project is aiming for LEED certification.
Recent photos from various vantage points show the glass enclosure covering the majority of the structure, with white horizontal strips breaking up the curved and flat surfaces of the exterior assembly. The primary section awaiting completion is on the western elevation where the exterior hoist remains attached. Meanwhile, all of the scaffolding and construction netting has been removed from the landmarked Chase Manhattan Bank Building, aka the Queens Clock Tower, revealing the refurbished look of the Art Deco structure. This will be incorporated into the upcoming 50,000 square feet of office and retail space. Photographs looking closer at the clock tower show the extensive amount of work that was done to restore the brick and stone masonry.
Sven is slated to yield a total of 958 rental units, 300 of which will be set aside as affordable housing according to the Durst Organization. Residential amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a library, co-working areas, a children’s playroom, and a demonstration kitchen. The E, M, and R trains at the Queens Plaza station and the 7, N, and W trains at Queensboro Plaza are the nearest subway options to the property.
YIMBY last reported that Sven is expected to open sometime in 2021.