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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates reveal new renderings for supertall at 520 Fifth Avenue

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates reveal new renderings for supertall at 520 Fifth Avenue

KPF renderings reveal 520 Fifth Avenue's facade. (Courtesy Binyan Studios)

The New York City-based architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently released renderings for the newest addition to the Manhattan skyline: a residential supertall on 5th Avenue.

The building’s facade features fluted casing arched windows arranged in modular bundles that vary in height. The arched motif is carried onto the building’s lobby, which will welcome visitors with an arched colonnade. The building rises in asymmetrical stepped volumes, cutting away space for terraces and adding visual variety to the supertall.

Building's side featuring a terrace in Manhattan's midtown.
KPF reveals renderings for 520 Fifth Avenue project. (Courtesy of Binyan Studios)

Located at 520 Fifth Avenue, the 1,000-foot-tall building occupies a coveted location on the storied avenue, but notably in close proximity to two of Manhattan’s great green spaces. The residence’s height allows for sweeping views of Bryant Park and Central Park in addition to other luxe amenities. But 520 Fifth’s neighbors—architectural icons like the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, and the Chrysler Building—served as inspiration for the facade design, which blends art deco sensibilities with modern edges.

“We looked to the arches of the landmarks in the neighborhood…translating these forms into a modern version of this motif,” KPF president James von Klemperer said. Another inspiration that can be seen in the building’s design is Hugh Ferris’s 1920’s New York studies for zoning setback massings, whose silhouettes have become iconic reference points.

A tall archway serves as an entrance to a building.
The building’s lobby will welcome visitors with an arched colonnade. (Courtesy Binyan Studios)

The 450,000-square-foot building is set to be Fifth Avenue’s second tallest tower, following the Empire State Building. Once completed, the project will house private residences, office workspaces, and both public and private recreational spaces.

KPF has also designed other supertall buildings across the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Center in China, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, and the Lotte World Tower in South Korea.

More information on the building’s interior design and its offerings is yet to be revealed. The building is slated for completion in 2025.

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