252 East 57th Street

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

 

A shimmering addition to the New York City skyline, 252 East 57th Street, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), is a 65-story luxury mixed-use tower in Midtown Manhattan. The building's residential program is organized with rental units on the lower floors and condominiums on the 36th floor and above. The unit mix-169 rental apartments and 95 condominiums-is positioned to maximize long-term value.

The building's dynamic presence is shaped by its distinctive facade, with a glazing geometry that employs inversions in the exterior wall. From the highest floors, inverted bay windows on the west and north elevations offer spectacular views of Central Park, while the east and south elevations overlook the Queensboro Bridge and the East River. The curving form of the tower becomes more dramatic as it rises further from the street. A multitude of distinct glass treatments on the facade, including acid-etched, fritted, curved and cast glass, come together in a refined manner to become a study on the material itself.

The experience of the tower begins with an elegant porte cochère, for privacy and security. A 60-car automated parking vault is attached, bringing vehicles up by elevator. SOM was also involved in the space planning for the entire tower, and led the interior design of the rental units and amenities, including the reception area, business center, lounge, and an adjoining garden. SOM also designed retail space and two public schools-the High School of Art & Design and Public School 59-below the tower.

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