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685 First Avenue

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Morgan Day

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32,365 sq. feet
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The 685 First Avenue site is a 32,365-square-foot parcel located between East 39th and East 40th Streets on First Avenue in New York City just south of the United Nations Headquarters along the East River.

The project is part of the East River Master Plan, encompassing properties between 35th and 41stStreets. Construction of the 685 First Avenue building was launched by East River Realty Development in 2015 with Richard Meier & Partners as Design Architect and Architect of Record.

At street level the project is designed to promote urban activity by providing retail space along First Avenue and a grand double-height residential lobby shared by all residents. On the west side, a cobble-stoned plaza leads to intimate, dedicated condominium and rental lobbies that connect to below-grade parking accessible from 39th and 40thStreets.

The 42-story, 460-foot high residential tower will provide 556 rental and condominium apartments. The lower part of the tower (3rd to 26th floors) will house 408 rentals while the upper part of the tower (27th to 42nd floors) will contain 148 condominiums. Refined and distinctive amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, library, and event space, all located on the second floor.

The entire building will be clad in an aluminum and black glass curtain wall providing open city views towards Midtown Manhattan and the East River. The architectural cut-out and recess at the 27th and 28th floors creates a distinguishing focal point where the condominium residences begin. Iconic and minimal in expression, this will be the first all-black glass building and the tallest tower in New York City designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects. 685 First Avenue is currently under construction, with completion expected at the end of 2018.
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