Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

685 First Avenue Nears Completion

Construction on the residential tower One United Nations Park on First Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets just south of the United Nations Headquarters is nearing completion. The unitized curtain wall system is complete, as are the amenity spaces and the majority of the apartments. Some rental units are already occupied, and the condominium units are expected to be complete this summer. Principal Dukho Yeon notes that we are very pleased with the progress and our collaborative work with Sheldon Solow and 685 First Realty Company, as well as the broader project team in bringing this iconic black tower to its opening. The project is part of the East River Master Plan and construction was launched in 2016.

At street level the building is designed to promote urban activity with retail space on First Avenue and a grand double-height residential lobby shared by all residents. On the west side, a cobble-stoned plaza leads to dedicated condominium and rental lobbies that connect to below-grade parking. The 42-story tower will provide 556 rental and condominium apartments with refined and distinctive amenities that include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, game room, lounge, screening room and kids playroom, all located on the second floor.

The entire building is clad in an aluminum and black glass unitized curtain wall with open city views towards Midtown Manhattan and the East River. Iconic and minimal in expression, and precisely detailed, this will be the first black glass building and the tallest tower in New York designed by Richard Meier & Partners.