Turkevi Center’s Glass Façade Closes in on Completion at 821 First Avenue in Midtown East

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Installation of the reflective glass curtain wall on the Turkevi Center at 821 First Avenue is nearing the finish line. The panels gracefully wrap around the curved corners of the 563-foot-tall superstructure in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Perkins Eastman is the designer of the 35-story mixed-use development, which will eventually serve as the consulate of the Republic of Turkey.

Photos show the smooth surface of the envelope against a dramatic afternoon sky. The sleek shape and simple texture of the building’s finish contrasts with the look of Norman Foster’s adjacent residential tower at 50 United Nations Plaza. Both are among the newest additions to the neighborhood along the East River waterfront.

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

821 First Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The last major portion of 821 First Avenue’s curtain wall awaiting completion is the podium. The primary rendering shows a large frame on the eastern elevation that spans the height of the multi-story base, surrounding the main entrance to the building. The exterior elevator hoist is still standing on the backside of the tower, but should likely be disassembled in the coming months.

The development contains 102,000 square feet of commercial space spread across the first 15 floors, an auditorium in the cellar levels, offices, a prayer room, passport and visa branch offices, and outdoor terraces on the seventh, 11th, and 16th floors. The building will also feature 40,195 square feet of residential space divided among 20 apartments for both staff and visitors. These will begin on the 20th floor and average 2,045 square feet apiece. Two homes are set to become duplexes. Residential amenities include a fitness center, a shared outdoor terrace space on the 20th floor, and an underground parking garage for 20 vehicles.

821 First Avenue should likely be finished by the end of the year.

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9 Comments on "Turkevi Center’s Glass Façade Closes in on Completion at 821 First Avenue in Midtown East"

  1. So is there a penthouse for their strongman fascist dictator when he visits the UN?

    • Alpay Osmanoglu | April 30, 2020 at 1:56 am | Reply

      It must hurt you knowing that the Turkish people ELECTED President Erdogan to office on 11 occassions and in elections supervised by the UN, EU and US.
      It must also hurt you knowing that 250 Turkish citizens died when the Turkish people took to the streets en masse in order to protect President Erdogan from a FETO coup attempt.

  2. He could always just bunk up at TT…

  3. David in Bushwick | January 17, 2020 at 9:33 am | Reply

    Don’t go in there with any Saudi officials…

  4. Fit for an Erdogan.

  5. Another boring glass box.

  6. Given that we live in a post 9-11 world, it’s strange that the podium is clad in glass? You would think it would be clad in either stone or metal for better “protection”! ?

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