KPF releases images of 520 Fifth Avenue supertall skyscraper

The supertall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that is now under construction and has arched windows has been revealed in photos by the American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

The structure will be at 520 Fifth Avenue, close to famous New York City buildings like the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library, and rise to a height of 1,000 feet (304 meters).

Due to its height, it will only be four meters above the 300–600 meter range of supertall skyscraper.

Hugh Ferriss’s speculative architectural drawings and the neighboring buildings’ architectural language influenced Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) design.

KPF president James von Klemperer told Dezeen, “Our design for the 520 Fifth Avenue tower combines the setbacks of Hugh Ferris’ 1920s New York with arches arranged in modular bundles – rising to 1,000 feet.”

“The architectural expression of stepping volumes echoes the setbacks of midtown towers. While the delicately articulated exterior wall details are inspired by the facade of The Century Association adjacent to our site.”

“We also looked to the arches of the landmarks in the neighbourhood. Including the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal, translating these forms into a modern version of this motif.”

The project’s drawings depict a tower composed of stepped, connected rectangular sections encircled by arched windows that progressively get taller as they approach the summit of the structure.

The arched colonnade at ground level reflects the fluted casings framing the windows.

According to renderings, the building’s program has mixed-use, with central office spaces bordered with slender terraces. The building’s completion may be in 2025, although construction is already under way, according to KPF.

 

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