foster + partners: 50 united nations plaza residential tower, new york foster + partners: 50 united nations plaza residential tower, new york
nov 14, 2012

foster + partners: 50 united nations plaza residential tower, new york

’50 united nations plaza’ by foster + partners, new york city, united statesimage © dbox / foster + partners



english practice foster + partners has begun construction on the ’50 united nations plaza,’ their first luxury residential tower built in the united states.the 44-storey tower, expected to open at the end of 2014, was developed by zeckendorf development and global holdings and will provide valuable views of the manhattan skyline, east river and UN headquarters. based on three extruded slender volumes, the scale of the project responds to the immediate skyline with a multifaceted facade that breaks the otherwise continuous shape down to an appropriate human scale, while still emphasizing its height through the many thin steel rings that delineate each floor. deep windows between the forms extend views from each residence and bring in more light into the deeper spaces. the marble, granite and wood-detailed lobby is designed as an extension to the program enjoyed by the residents complete with a basement spa and green courtyards, complimented by the rooftop infinity pool. more than half of the building is solid greatly reducing solar gain along with the highly insulated glazing, while utilizing of recycled materials helps reduce the use of unnecessary resources.  


architect norman foster summarizes the project:’50 united nations plaza is destined to become an international landmark, defined by its modern architecture and renowned location. this neighborhood is of great personal significance to my brother arthur and i, as our maternal grandfather trygve lie was the first un secretary general, and our paternal grandfather assembled the land upon which the un secretariat building now stands.’



top of the tower with infinity poolimage © dbox / foster + partners



detail of the individual bays, with the chrysler building as a backdropimage © dbox / foster + partners



base of the tower in front of a parkimage © dbox / foster + partners

  • “modern architecture”..sure man 😐

    robert777 says:
  • Wow, it looks like it was designed 30 years ago.

    tod says:
  • Does NY need another luxury residential high rise? The NWO folks say that the worlds population must be reduced by at least 5 billion people which will mean the loss of many privileged people for whom there won’t be enough people to support them at the bottom. At least 2 sides of the people pyramid will have to be reduced to maintain a sustainable balance.

    Look for an economic recovery in about 50 years. Your grand children born in about 30 years may have the good life. It won’t be lost forever.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • what’s with the “carbuncle” atop the three pillars?

    and KS – yes, there is always room for yet another luxury high-rise in cities like Manhattan where the wealthy galvanize

    dbkii says:
  • I agree with all of the above. However I would cut my legs off to be commisioned to design such a thing in such a place.

    efs says:
  • OK… NY may need luxury blocks… but does it also require a spectacular lack of imagination ?

    Shoom says:

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