With foundation work complete, the World Wide Group / Rose Associates’ tower at 252 East 57th Street is rapidly making its climb into the Midtown East skyline. The 57-story development composed of 93 condos and 173 rentals is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), with SLCE serving as the architects of record.
Despite the tower’s location along the eastern fringe of cloud-busting billionaire’s row, the 715-foot building won’t be competing for any height records–for instance, 111 West 57th Street is double its height at 1,428 feet. Instead, the tower is shaping up to be more of a typical Midtown East affair, falling in line with its Second Avenue context by providing a broad 80-foot-high base along the avenue and a sheer 50-story rectangular slab rising above. Recent residential towers along Second Avenue such as The Milan, The Veneto, and The Three Ten share 252’s massing, which planners prescribed to conform new skyscrapers to the rows of existing walk-up buildings.