Construction Update: 855 Sixth Avenue

855 Sixth Avenue855 Sixth Avenue, photo by Tectonic

Since YIMBY revealed the project back in August, 855 Sixth Avenue has made major headway, and Durst’s addition to the Sixth Avenue corridor — spanning the whole western block face from 30th to 31st Street — is already somewhat noticeable from surrounding blocks.

Concrete for the eventual 41-story building has already climbed far above the base commercial component, which extends to the sixth floor, reaching well into the residential portion of the development. The photo comes from YIMBY forumer Tectonic, who also snapped another set in early October.

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855 Sixth Avenue this past October, photo by Tectonic

The building was once planned to be a more traditional apartments-and-hotel combination, with an Ian Schrager hotel taking up the first 16 floors of the Pelli Clarke-Pelli-designed tower. But Durst later changed gears, tapping Cook+Fox to design, and switching the building’s commercial allotment from hotel rooms to office space, seeking to capitalize on the growing tech and creative cachet of what was once something of a dumpy office location.

855 Sixth Avenue will now have 171,000 square feet of office space, and 375 apartments for rent.

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855 Sixth Avenue, image from Durst

While the core of the tower has made progress, steel framing to round out the structure remains missing in action, and the bulk of the skyscraper’s presence is not yet perceptible from Sixth Avenue. This will change as the podium continues to rise, and the new street-wall will heal a long-standing gap in the corridor’s urban fabric.

Completion is expected in 2016.

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