Construction is making rapid progress at 135 West 52nd Street, where the former Flatotel is being converted into condominiums. Joseph Chetrit and David Bistricer are the developers, while CetraRuddy is the project’s architect.
The New York Times recently revealed renderings of the light fixture that will bisect the facade, which Thierry Dreyfus is designing; the feature will stand 423 feet tall, though permits indicate the structure will top-out 498 feet up. 135 West 52nd Street will have 109 condominiums in total.
YIMBY recently discussed the renovation with John Cetra, and the conversion will completely transform the 48-story building. Besides the tower of light, the entire exterior is in the process of re-cladding, as the old facade was in a state of extreme disrepair.
Aesthetically, the transformation will result in a significant improvement; despite its status as a work in progress, the new facade is already far more attractive than the old, and 135 West 52nd Street resembles an extremely tall and glassy wedding cake. The exterior appears to borrow from One Madison, though the former Flatotel’s built form is an obvious departure, and the tower is both shorter and wider than its 23rd Street cousin. Still, the resemblance is there.
Sales for the project have already launched, and completion of 135 West 52nd Street is likely by early 2015.
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