Curtain wall installation has begun on 312 West 43rd Street, a 33-story residential building on the southern border of Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by National Real Estate Advisors and Taconic Partners, which leased ground rights from the 1199SIEU Health Care Workers Union for a term of 99 years, the structure will yield 330 rental units, 28,000 square feet of amenities, and two floors of retail space. DeSimone Consulting Engineers is the structural engineer and Triton Construction is the general contractor for the project, which is located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, near Times Square.
Construction has progressed quickly since our last update in October, when the reinforced concrete superstructure had just begun to rise above the podium levels. The building topped out in December, and work has since shifted to the installation of the glass curtain wall and grid of brass paneling, which now envelops the first two residential floors on the southern elevation facing West 42nd Street. Based on the pace of progress, it’s possible that the façade will reach the pinnacle by the middle of the year.
A seven-story annex is located on the rear northern elevation along West 43rd Street, and will house a mix of residential and commercial space. This volume will feature a different exterior design composed of light-hued modular brick panels and a punched window system. A canopy will hang above the main entrance.
One of the modular façade sections for the annex was arriving on a flatbed truck at the time of our visit. Belden Tri-State Building Materials supplied the bricks for the project.
The below rendering illustrates the look of the annex, which features a vegetation-covered gate on the eastern end. This will likely serve as a passageway between the two buildings.
The main rendering shows the taller tower’s podium clad in a more transparent glass curtain wall for the retail space. Above this, the façade is composed of earth toned louvers in a densely arranged horizontal mesh.
Apartments in the 33-story tower will occupy floors five through 30, and the amenity space will be housed on the fourth floor. These include landscaped private outdoor gardens, a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and sauna, coworking areas, and a fitness center.
YIMBY last reported that 312 West 43rd Street is scheduled to finish construction in the fall of 2024.