Construction is nearing completion on the Korean Cultural Center of NYC, the new seven-story home of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, NY at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill. Designed by SAMOO Architecture PC and developed by Level Group, the 120-foot-tall structure will yield 36,500 square feet and is aiming for LEED Certification. KSK Construction Group is the general contractor for the property, which is located between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue.
Work has progressed ploddingly on the project since groundbreaking in 2018, but recent photos show the structure finally getting close to the finish line. Much progress has occurred in the past six months since our last update, when construction was underway on the metal framework for the main glass façade, and the sculptural upper extension sat behind scaffolding. The reflective glass curtain wall is now complete and all of the scaffolding has been dismantled with the exception of the ground floor.
In addition to the main glass façade, work has also concluded on the egress stairway on the eastern side of the property that is clad in gray paneling and narrow rectangular windows. The sculptural roof fixture is best seen from Park Avenue.
YIMBY last reported that The Korean Cultural Center will provide cultural and community spaces divided into three distinctive zones with separate public spaces, semi-public lecture rooms, and private administrative offices and artist studios. The structure will also contain a below-grade 200-seat theater, an exhibition space on the second floor, an arts and crafts center on the fourth floor, classrooms on the fifth floor, and administrative offices on the top floors.
The Korean Cultural Center of NYC could conceivably finish construction before the end of the year.