A tower crane has finally gone up at 400 Park Avenue South, which had previously been in a perpetual state of limbo. Work on the tower’s basement levels will now begin in earnest, and it won’t be long before Christian de Portzamparc’s ‘Fortress of Glassitude‘ starts rising towards its almost 500 foot pinnacle. The future landmark will stand prominently against the Park Avenue South skyline, offering a commanding presence from the general and pedestrian perspectives.
Adjacent to Portzamparc’s tower, 404 Park Avenue South is also under construction. Designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon, the residential building will be named ‘Huys’. With 58 units, it’ll be small and luxurious, and renderings show a pleasantly conservative facade. The developers have been kind enough to use decorative netting while the development is under construction, though the final product will be dwarfed by its next-door neighbor.
400 Park Avenue South crane, 404 Park Avenue South at center
400 Park Avenue South crane, 404 Park Avenue South at right
400 Park Avenue South; that corner is about to be iconic