Construction is coming to a close on Turkevi Center, a 35-story mixed-use skyscraper at 821 First Avenue in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 563-foot-tall structure stands at the corner of First Avenue and East 46th Street and will serve as the consulate for the Republic of Turkey.
Aside from the ground floor, which remains surrounded by sidewalk scaffolding, the majority of 821 First Avenue looks substantially complete. One small portion of the edifice on the southern elevation near the midway point is also in the process of being finished. From above, we can see a sloped roof with partial reflective glass and open-air slits between the rigid framework that surrounds an outdoor terrace.
The shimmering arabesque metallic panels hanging from the northern podium wall are all in place and match the etched stone motif that wraps around the multi-story glass atrium wall on the eastern side facing the East River.
From across the East River, 821 First Avenue seamlessly blends into the ever changing Midtown skyline and joins other notable landmarks like the Chrysler Building, Kohn Pedersen Fox’s One Vanderbilt, and Norman Foster’s adjacent 50 United Nations Plaza.
821 First Avenue will yield 102,000 square feet of commercial space spread across the first 15 floors of the property. An auditorium will be located in the cellar levels, while offices, a prayer room, passport and visa branch offices, and outdoor terraces will span the seventh, 11th, and 16th floors. Above, 40,195 square feet of residential space will be divided among 20 apartments for both staff and visitors. These units begin on the 20th floor and are expected to average 2,045 square feet apiece. Two homes are planned as duplexes. Residential amenities include a private fitness center, a shared outdoor terrace space on the 20th floor, and an underground parking garage for 20 vehicles.
Completion of 821 First Avenue appears imminent, likely within the next couple of months.