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Old October 21st, 2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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NEW YORK | UN Consolidated Building | 166m | 546ft | 35 fl | Pro



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This long-planned tower addition to the UN complex is back on the front burner now that a complicated land swap arrangement for greenspace with the City of New York has been completed.

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Architects revive plans for new U.N. tower
October 20, 2011 11:00AM

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Architect Fumihiko Maki's original plans for the U.N. tower

State authorities reached a deal with the city and the United Nations to revive stalled plans for a $340 million new U.N. tower earlier this month, the New York Observer reported. That means that Japenese architect Fumihiko Maki, who was selected to design the building when the idea first emerged in 2004, will be dusting off his blueprints alongside local partners architecture firm FXFowle and getting back to work. "We have a saying around the office," Dan Kaplan, a principal at FXFowle, told the Observer. "It takes a long time for things to happen suddenly."

Much of the design work has already been completed for a 35-story tower on the site at the southeast corner of First Avenue and 42nd Street, but it will require some changes, Kaplan said. "We're not back to square-one, maybe square 1.5. It's a tight site and a tight building envelope, so I don't think the designs will change that much, but we are going back over everything," he said.

Jeffrey Feldman, president and CEO of the U.N. Development Corporation, told the Observer that he hopes to have the final designs by early 2012. The project is slated to break ground in 2013.

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& this from Curbed:http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/1...ki_fxfowle.php

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Japanese Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki was selected way back in 2004 as the architect for a new UN tower, one that has been held up by local and international red tape until the beginning of this month. Now, a land swap has been approved and the UN has access to a parcel just south of its landmark Secretariat Building.

The previous incarnation--"glassy, white and sheer but elegant"--was co-designed with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and was projected for 2008. (We've been Googling our fingers to the bone and have yet to find a mock-up of aforementioned 35-story sheer-but-elegant tower, so holler if you hear us.) Maki's new local partners at FXFowle tell the Observer that they won't be changing it drastically: “It’s a tight site and a tight building envelope, so the designs will change that much, but we are going back over everything."
Changes to the site mean some alterations to the original design. New renders as they emerge...
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 11:59 AM   #2
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The U.N needs to quit dicking around and build a supertall.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 03:42 PM   #3
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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #4
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The U.N needs to quit dicking around and build a supertall.
They might as well anticipate future layers of bureaucracy, huh.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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The U.N needs to quit dicking around and build a supertall.
Its very essence seems to be dicking around... And I'm being overly respectful.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #6
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Hi,

great news. Renderings for the new United Nations tower are up.
The tower is designed by Fumihiko Maki and FXFOWLE. Maki also designed 4 WTC which is currently under construction.


image from: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...r_revealed.php

Building will be 546 ft tall, or 166m and will be located on 1st avenue and 41st/42nd street next to the UN building. The building will have 850,000 sq ft of office space and house 2700 UN employees.



Construction begin 2015 and last 3 years. However on Maki's website it says 2016.

This picture is from Maki's website here


This information, including the pictures, are all available at ny.curbed.com in the article "Unexciting United Nations Waterfront Skyscraper Revealed" by Hana Alberts Sept. 18th, 2013
More info at: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...r_revealed.php

The responsible Community board, Community Board 6, which is responsible for approving this project will hold a meeting about this building on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., in the Farkas auditorium of NYU Langone Medical Center, located at 550 First Ave.
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Old September 19th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #8
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Yeesh, finally....

UN-Exciting United Nations Waterfront Skyscraper Revealed



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After two years of waiting, we've finally gotten a glimpse at the new United Nations tower, and it's pretty... average (h/t DNAinfo). Designed by FXFOWLE and Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the thrillingly named UN Consolidated Building must be shorter than the iconic Secretariat building to its north. The striated skyscraper will rise to 546 feet tall on its lot along First Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets; it will contain about 850,000 square feet and have a slight square indentation on its northern facade.

The effort to unite 2,700 members of the institution's staff and operations in a single structure has been contentious because of its location near on top of Robert Moses Playground in Murray Hill. The UN finally struck a land swap deal with the city that gave a green light to the tower and adjoining esplanade, as well as a revamped pier. To be fair, the design is probably kind of meh because of all the restrictions imposed upon it, namely, the requirement that it jive (aesthetically) with the Secretariat building. Meanwhile, the playground will be around for a little while longer, because the tower is just entering the city's nine-month ULURP vetting process. Presuming it's approved, DNAinfo reports, construction would begin in 2015 and last three years.




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Old September 19th, 2013, 01:05 AM   #9
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Old September 19th, 2013, 07:08 AM   #10
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Two years waiting for this? Next...
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It'll look good next to the UN Building. This area needs more density.

Also, Maki, the architect for 4WTC, designed this, so I am certain it will look good.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #13
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The rendering of the East River view looks very good. No stripes and matte white/silver. That looks like a pure Maki design. The blue stripes make this look dated. I blame FXFowle for that. A white or silver building would complement the UN very well, since that's one of the main colors of the UN, and the secretariat building is blue, which is the other one.
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Old September 22nd, 2013, 11:36 PM   #14
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Also, Maki, the architect for 4WTC, designed this, so I am certain it will look good.
4WTC is a much better design than this. So is the old UN tower IMO.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #15
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We will see once higher quality renders are released. I think it will be a high-quality international-style revival.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #16
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Zzzzzzzzz... Uninspiring.

The UN should not be concerned about being conservative here. They should think forward with a design that would reflect moving into the future. They should build something really futuristic like their/ counterparts towers are depicted in many sci-fi movies!

A good space eater within the compound though!
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http://www.maki-and-associates.co.jp...x.html?pcd=138

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The general program provides for office space, conference facilities and dining amenities in a 36-storey highrise building that matches the height of the Secretariat. The podium contains conference rooms of various capacity as well as large rectangular office floor plates utilizing the footprint of the site to its maximum. The upper two-thirds of the tower contain unique floor plates taking cue from the slender office lease spans of the Secretariat and bending into a U-configuration in plan to create a symbolic light well. At the transition of the podium and tower section is a special floor locating the cafeteria and private dining rooms that encircle a landscaped sky garden that make reference to the park setting of the UN Complex as well as the East River.

The urban and formal statement made by the expansion project is a simple abstract “white” minimalistic tower that anchors the southern end of the UN complex while creating an iconic presence when seen from Midtown Manhattan via the 42nd Street corridor. The urban composition is that framing the United Nations identified by its green tinted glass with white and black in one striking presence from the East River.
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the design is really nothing special
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