520 Fifth Avenue viewed from the north. Credit: Binyan Studios.

Facade detailing of 520 Fifth Avenue. Credit: Binyan Studios.

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Dezeen Reveals New Images of 520 Fifth Avenue

KPF President and Design Principal James von Klemperer spoke with the outlet about the supertall, mixed-use tower currently under construction in Midtown Manhattan.

As the building continues to rise along Fifth Avenue, Dezeen sat down with Jamie to discuss 520 Fifth Avenue alongside several images showcasing the project in new detail. “Our design…combines the setbacks of Hugh Ferris’ 1920s New York with arches arranged in modular bundles – rising to 1,000 feet,” Jamie said. He noted that “the architectural expression of stepping volumes echoes the setbacks of midtown towers, while the delicately articulated exterior wall details are inspired by the façade of The Century Association adjacent to our site.”

The arch motif of 520 Fifth Avenue is rooted in the architectural language of the building’s context. Jamie explained that the team was inspired by “the landmarks in the neighborhood, including the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal,” where they sought to translate the Beaux Arts masonry forms into a modern version of this aesthetic. The tower is slated for completion in 2025.

Read the full article from Dezeen here.