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222 East 44th Street 4, Andres Escobar, Handel Architects, Midtown East Exterior rendering (l), 30-foot-high lobby designed by Andres Escobar (r); via Real Estate Weekly
Near Grand Central Terminal, Lloyd Goldman’s BLDG Management Company is expeditiously erecting a 429-unit rental tower at 222 East 44th Street. Rising within Turtle Bay/Midtown East’s forest of skyscrapers, the 43-story development is already up to its 30th floor and is slated top off at 556 feet high – just taller than the United Nations Secretariat Building nearby. The site held a rather tired-looking parking garage that Goldman purchased in 2014 for $32 million.
Handel Architects are the project’s designers and SLCE are the executive architects. Given the tower’s crowded locale, on a densely-built block between Second and Third avenues, the team ingeniously shaped the building to angle away from the streetwall thus providing future residents with more light and air, and better views. Two new high-rises,a 35-floor Even Hotel and a 19-floor rental at 235 East 44th Street have recently opened, further canyon-izing the block..
222 East 44th Street, Handel Architects, Midtown East 222 East 44th Street with the Chrysler Building in the distance; CityRealty
CityRealty View from 44th Street, CityRealty
222 East 44th Street 45, Handel Architects, Midtown East Looking up from West 43rd Street; CityRealty
Andres Escobar is responsible for the interior design and, according to Real Estate Weekly, will fashion a contemporary yet timeless deign for the spaces. A 30-foot-high lobby will open onto a reflecting pool and a 32-foot-high waterfall. Escobar is also handling the design of the amenities which will includes a fitness center, pool, two lounges, a game room, basketball court, outdoor terrace, and a penthouse communal space with a bar and catering kitchen. There will also be 87 units of affordable housing and on-site parking for 230 cars.
222 East 44th Street 6, Handel Architects, Midtown East Renderings of 222 East 44th Street; Handel Architects
222 East 44th Street 56, Handel Architects, Midtown East Google Earth Image showing 222 East 44th Street in the Midtown East skyline; CityRealty
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