Construction is nearing completion on the United Arab Emirates’ new consulate at 315 East 46th Street in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Located just up the street from the future consulate of the Republic of Turkey, the 145-foot-tall, nine-story reinforced concrete structure is designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, developed by Fisher Brothers, and is being built by Plaza Construction.
Photos show the curtain wall on the main southern elevation facing East 46th Street substantially complete, with only the ground floor left to be worked on. Close-up shots show the detail in the simple design of the vertical panels and dark tinted windows. The tightly spaced exterior components and thin floor-to-ceiling windows are reminiscent of the fenestration on the lower levels of the original World Trade Center towers.
The elevator hoist is fully taken down, and the last major exterior task awaiting completion is the cladding of the partially exposed southern profile. This wall appears to be rendered with a white-colored marble and an engraved emblem of an eagle near the second story of the structure.
Few details have been released about the interiors of 315 East 46th Street, though it is likely that it will contain multiple floors of offices space, meeting rooms, and maybe a passport and visa office. The closest transit hub to the property is Grand Central Terminal, about a ten-minute walk or a six-minute ride to the west.
315 West 46th Street should be completed sometime this year.