Construction is now complete on 315 East 46th Street, the new nine-story home of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in Turtle Bay, Midtown East. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and developed by Fisher Brothers, the 145-foot-tall structure is located between First and Second Avenues, a short walk from the United Nations.
Most of the sidewalk scaffolding in front of the main doors along East 46th Street has been removed, except for a small portion on the western corner of the superstructure. The architecture of the façade features a dense array of thin vertical stone fins between narrow panels of floor-to-ceiling glass.
The northern side repeats this assembly.
Above the main doors is a large rectangular bronze colored canopy that displays the words, “Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations.” The falcon emblem and the number 315 that denotes the property address flank the doorways.
On the blank eastern wall is a large falcon emblem etched into the warm-colored stone panels along the lower levels of 315 East 46th Street.
One well crafted detail that had not been spotted until now is a feathered motif above the canopy that runs along the indented rectilinear frame around the ground floor.
Not much has been disclosed regarding the interior programming, but it is safe to assume that the majority of the floor space above the first level will be reserved for private offices and meeting rooms. The property is about a ten-minute walk or a six-minute car ride from Grand Central Terminal, while the United Nations is located just across First Avenue.