Exterior work is moving along on 115 East 55th Street, an 18-story residential building in Midtown East. Designed by SLCE Architects for Zeckendorf Development, the 185-foot-tall, 71,961-square-foot structure will yield 62 units. The property is located between Park and Lexington Avenues, directly adjacent to the rear of Norman Foster‘s 47-story, 660,000-square-foot 425 Park Avenue.
Since our last update in late March, the reinforced concrete superstructure has topped out and work has shifted to the installation of the warm-colored stone façade, which now covers much of the main southern elevation.
The following photos show the details in the prewar-inspired stone panels that are being individually hung into place using a telescopic boom crane. Several other pieces of the fenestration have arrived on flatbeds and are awaiting installation. The windows have yet to be fitted into the large square voids, and we expect this to begin once most of the exterior is enclosed.
Other decorative elements in the exterior design include thick cornices, dark metal railings placed in front of several Juliet balconies, and an elegantly curved canopy over the main entrance along East 55th Street. Renderings also depict landscaped terraces on the setbacks, which are placed next to parts of the building enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the upper final floors. All 62 homes are expected to be spread over 59,819 square feet. Each of these would average 964 square feet. The property is also planned to feature a cellar and a private 30-foot-long rear yard. Finally, it looks like the extended mechanical units atop the roof parapet will be covered with a very tight assembly of horizontal grilles, surrounded by shrubs on the northern and southern sides.
115 East 55th Street is set to be finished next March.