Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s 315 East 46th Street Wraps Up Construction in Turtle Bay, Manhattan

315 East 46th Street,. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill

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 BayMidtown 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.

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The northern side repeats this assembly.

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

315 East 46th Street. Photo by Michael Young

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.

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6 Comments on "Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s 315 East 46th Street Wraps Up Construction in Turtle Bay, Manhattan"

  1. Very good-looking building. Love the detail.

  2. David in Bushwick | May 30, 2021 at 9:41 am | Reply

    The very high quality design is timeless and will age well. The fact it doesn’t look like every other new building is especially appreciated.

  3. I feel like I’ve entered the 60s once more. The design of this building is so bold and elegant. And the attention to detail is just astonishing. Just wow.

  4. If only Dubai had this kind of architectural restraint…

  5. Easily on the best of the decade list.

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