First Exterior Stone Panels Installed at 39 West 23rd Street in the Flatiron District

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

Curtain wall work is progressing at 39 West 23rd Street, a 24-story residential project in the Flatiron District. Designed by COOKFOX Architects and developed by Anbau Enterprises, the development consists of two structures separated by an internal courtyard.

39 West 23rd Street, rendering by COOKFOX

39 West 23rd Street. Rendering by COOKFOX

Recent photos show the state of exterior work on the building, which is located on the northern side of West 23rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. One of the most noticeable places of progress is on the western lot line wall, where thin, narrowly spaced horizontal bars subtly protrude, adding an interesting texture to the façade.

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The other more recent area of concentrated work is on the bottom floor of the southern profile, where workers were spotted installing the first set of warm-colored stone panels around the metal perimeter framework above the ground floor.

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The metal railings, and overhanging shrubbery as part of the more subtle design aspects of 39 West 23rd Street have yet to go in. Below we see the southern elevation awaiting to be externally enclosed.

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The following renderings depict the finished look of the project.

39 West 23rd Street, rendering by COOKFOX

39 West 23rd Street. Rendering by COOKFOX

Workers have painted part of the walls above the main setback toward the top floors. The earth-toned color appears to be the final treatment for this portion of 39 West 23rd Street.

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, fenestration work is progressing on the the upper levels of the eastern profile that cantilevers over its abutting low-rise neighbor. We expect this area to emulate the same architectural design as the front of the building.

39 West 23rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The development will span a total of 118,00 square feet and yield 44 units. Four residences will be designated as affordable rentals. Residential layouts vary between single-floor homes and duplexes, including some with their own private outdoor terraces. Amenities include a fitness center, a residential lounge, a children’s playroom, a communal outdoor landscaped terrace, and a 25-car garage below street level.

A definite completion date for 39 West 23rd Street is unclear, but sometime within 2021 is likely.

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5 Comments on "First Exterior Stone Panels Installed at 39 West 23rd Street in the Flatiron District"

  1. Thoughtful design. Nice to see.

  2. In the second image in this series is the most interesting building on the block. Please see the four story Chicago School commercial building (mid-right). It’s facade is composed of some 85% glass – a true modernist box similar to Chicago’s Gage Group or McClurg Building. WOW and unexpected!

  3. Confused in St Louis | October 4, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    In the midwest we get that “interesting texture” look with aluminum siding.

  4. The eye is drawn to Met Life in every photo.

  5. It took a really long time to get to this point. I guess it is not “essential”.

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