Zero Irving’s Glass Curtain Wall Progresses at 124 East 14th Street in Union Square, Manhattan

Rendering of Union Square Tech Training Center at 124 East 14th StreetRendering of Union Square Tech Training Center at 124 East 14th Street, Courtesy of Davis Brody Bond

Installation of the glass curtain wall is progressing on Zero Irving, a 21-story mixed-use building at 124 East 14th Street in Union Square. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and developed by RAL Development, the building will yield 240,000 square feet of affordable and market-rate office space for technology firms and amenities for occupants. Financial partners Junius Real Estate Partners and Suffolk Construction are also helping to develop the property, which is located along East 14th Street between Broadway to the west and Third Avenue to the east.

Recent photos show the progress on the main northern elevation since our last update in late October, when the glass façade had just reached the main setback. Since that time, the paneling has reached the top floor, with only the double-height spaces on the western end waiting to be enclosed.

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

The reflection on the glass between the mullion strips is very sharp and replicates the nearby buildings and sky with great clarity.

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Photos from a distance show the progress of the floor-to-ceiling glass on Zero Irving’s southern elevation, where the exterior hoist is located.

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

A dense network of scaffolding and black netting can be seen temporarily placed under part of a wide-sloped metal-framed canopy over the outdoor rooftop space. Blank concrete walls flank the eastern and western ends of the structure.

Zero Irving. Photo by Michael Young

Zero Irving’s office space is planned to occupy 176,000 square feet spread across the top 14 floors, while a portion of the commercial space will be marketed as affordable office space in an effort to attract smaller firms and start-up companies. Also part of the building program is the Digital Skills Training Center, which aims to teach necessary skills for high-paying technology jobs. More information and details regarding this aspect of Zero Irving can be found in this previous article. The New York City Economic Development Corporation anticipates the project to generate over 550 permanent jobs, and the developers are aiming for LEED Certification.

YIMBY estimates Zero Irving to be finished sometime in the latter half of this year.

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6 Comments on "Zero Irving’s Glass Curtain Wall Progresses at 124 East 14th Street in Union Square, Manhattan"

  1. Wins the ‘reflection award’

  2. Zero Irving–gets me every time!
    Moving past the name though, the overall building doesn’t look that bad. The only thing I don’t care for is the teelish tint that the windows have. Hopefully it’s just the protective firm, but you never know. But, another than that, Zero Irving looks quite nice.

  3. another cheap glass box built by non union labor.
    I guess brick is too expensive for these rich developers

  4. Michael FEDERMAN | April 12, 2021 at 12:42 pm | Reply

    I am surprised to still see closed window buildings I thought the mayor outlawed them bring back windows

  5. An interesting addition if they are serious about the illuminated, colored panels. And a great shot of Con Ed, Mr. Young

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