Archilier Architects Design Empire State Building-Sized Tower for Former Subway Inn Site

Posted On Fri, June 10, 2016 By

Posted On Fri, June 10, 2016 By In condos, Major Developments, Midtown East, New Developments, Upper East Side

Earlier this year, 6sqft showed you new renderings of Archilier Architects’Hudson Rise” mixed-use skyscraper planned for Manhattan’s west side. Now the design firm has published their vision for a soaring, super-thin supertall at the former site of beloved dive bar Subway Inn at 151 East 60th Street. Kuafu Properties owns the 28,619-square-foot, six-building assemblage at 143-161 East 60th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, which they acquired from the World Wide Group last year for $300 million, according to The Real Deal. Kuafu is one of the developers behind the Archilier-designed Hudson Rise development, thus these released renderings may indeed be working images of the planned project.

The slender tower shown would encompass 411,700 gross square feet of area and rise 1,240 feet high, just 10 feet shy of the Empire State Building’s height of 1,250 feet, despite containing just one-fifth of the floor space. The tower would technically be the tallest building on the Upper East Side (by far), but would be 158 feet shorter than nearby 432 Park Avenue in Midtown.

Archilier Architects, Billionaires Row Development, NYC skyscrapers, Kuafu Properties

Archilier Architects, Billionaires Row Development, NYC skyscrapers, Kuafu Properties

Similar to a handful of super-slim skyscrapers rising across the city, like KPF’s 45 East 22nd Street and 111 Murray Street, the tower’s floor plates would expand in size as the building rises, inflating the share of exposures with views of Central Park and beyond. According to Archilier’s description, lower elevations would feature landscaped terraces and loggias, “effectively bringing the park into the building itself,” and at street level a palette of limestone, bronze and glass would echo the area’s variegated architecture. Bloomingdale’s imposing department store sits across 60th Street, and one block away is the glass-encased Bloomberg Tower aka One Beacon Court.

Archilier Architects, Billionaires Row Development, NYC skyscrapers, Kuafu Properties

Archilier Architects, Billionaires Row Development, NYC skyscrapers, Kuafu Properties

In February, 6sqft learned of another set of images visualizing a 1,000+ foot tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. New building permits for the project have yet to be submitted to the Department of Buildings, but demolition permits have already been filed.

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