KPF releases images of 520 Fifth Avenue supertall skyscraper in Manhattan


American architecture studio Kohn Pedersen Fox has released images of an in-progress supertall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan wrapped in arched windows.

The building will rise 1,000 feet (304 metres) in height and will be located at 520 Fifth Avenue, a site near New York City landmarks such as the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library.

A rendering of a building with arched windows along a New York avenue
Kohn Pedersen Fox has released new images of a Manhattan supertall skyscraper

Its height will put it just four metres above the supertall skyscraper range of 300 to 600 metres.

Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) design was informed by the architectural language of surrounding buildings, as well as the speculative architectural drawings of architect Hugh Ferriss.

A rendering of a facade of arched windows
Its design was informed by surrounding buildings

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

“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 renderings of the project show a tower made of stepped, interconnected rectangular volumes wrapped in arched windows that gradually grow taller towards the top of the building.

The windows are framed in fluted casings which are reflected in an arched colonnade at ground level.

A rendering of a colonnade with fluted columns
Renders picture fluted detailing

The building’s program will be mixed-use, with interior office spaces flanked by thin terraces pictured in renderings. Construction is already underway on the building with completion scheduled for later this year, according to KPF.

Nearby, KPF is also working on a skyscraper planned for 343 Madison Avenue.

Other recent projects from the studio include a skyscraper with an “aqueous form” in Vancouver and a skyscraper that may become the tallest in Texas.

The images are by Binyan Studios.



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