The United Nations has revealed renderings of its proposed consolidation building by Fumihiko Maki and architecture firm FXFOWLE. Located on the rise on the western portion of the Robert Moses Playground, the tower would house offices for 2,700 UN employees, along with a cafeteria and public gathering spaces, according to DNAinfo New York. The 546-foot-tall tower also would feature a tunnel connecting the headquarters building.
The City Council and City Planning Commission have yet to approve plans for the new tower, which “will enhance the Midtown Manhattan skyline and complement the architectural heritage of the U.N. Headquarters complex,” according to the project’s scope-of-work document. Pending approvals, construction would begin in 2015 with targeted completion in 2018. The U.N. Development Corporation will hold a public meeting on the proposed tower on September 24 at 6 p.m. in the Smilow Seminar Room of NYU Langone Medical Center. Visit www.undc.org for more information.