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New Details For One Vanderbilt, Midtown's New Supertall Tower

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More details have emerged about the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed, SL Green-developed One Vanderbilt. The 1,350-foot tower, which will rival in height the 1,379-foot-tall 432 Park Avenue and the 1,350-foot-tall 111 West 57th Street, will have what a KPF principal described to DNAinfo as an extra transparent facade—of the Fifth Avenue Apple cube variety—with diagonal stripes of double-glazed terra cotta. According to the KPF principal, the tower's materials aim to "unbury" views to a currently obstructed corner of neighboring Grand Central Terminal. The design came before Community Board 5 on July 1 to mixed reviews. One board member brushed off the haters noting that Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building were "extraordinary and revolutionary" for their time, DNAinfo says.

Despite the tower's show-stopping size, SL Green is in talks with the City Planning Commission to increase the building's floor-area ratio from 216,000-square-feet to 300,000-square-feet. If City Planning concedes, SL Green will sweeten the pot by including subway access points, commuter rail access points, an interior public room and a public plaza on Vanderbilt Avenue says DNAinfo. Even if City Planning gives the nod, the proposal still has to pass through the city's uniform land form use review process. So while word on whether or not the developer will be permitted to build bigger is still far off, the building will definitely have a 6,000-square-foot ground floor public room that will include space for art on display, indoor greenery and a waiting area, and a third floor amenity space and terrace that can be used as a dining room or training room.
· 67-Story Tower Will 'Unbury' Views of Grand Central, Architect Says [DNAinfo]
· All One Vanderbilt coverage [Curbed]

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