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Turkish Consulate’s New Tower Across UN Finally Moves Ahead, Offices and Apartments Planned

After more than three years on the drawing board, the replacement tower for Turkey’s Consulate General and Permanent Mission to the United States at 821 First Avenue is finally moving forward. First announced in 2012, the proposed project, known as the Turkevi Center, has commissioned Perkins Eastman as the architects of record. The building will house new offices for the consulate, and diplomatic residences for permanent staff and visitors above.

Architecture firm Chelsea Atelier prepared a conceptual competition design for the project that envisioned a dynamic green-glass tower that complemented the iconic United Nations Secretariat Building across First Avenue. It swooping curves and a crown of geometric filigree evoke Islamic themes and Turkish art and culture. The tower programmed the 17 lower levels for consulate offices and a restaurant, while the upper stories contain residential apartments topped my several tiers of terraces.

Cityfeet reported in 2012 that client-advocacy firm Cresa is serving as the development’s project manager, and recent documents filed by the consulate show the firm remains onboard. The project’s lack of progress is unclear and according to Turkey’s BGN News, rent paid for temporary offices at nearby 825 Third Avenue are costing the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs approximately $5 million a year.

Demolition of the site’s two structures: an 11-story office building designed by Harrison & Abramovitz formerly known as the IBM World Trade Corporation Building, and a four-story townhouse, are slated to begin this summer. In relation to the abatement and demolition of the now vacant buildings, an RFP was issued this past summer in search for hazardous materials consultants. Another RFP was issued this past June to purchase 24,132 square feet of inclusionary housing certificates to potentially increase the size of the project. A preliminary schedule reveals the consulate hopes to complete demolition by next spring and begin construction in July of next year. The development is tentatively scheduled for occupancy in late 2018.

The proposed building is directly across from Zeckedorf Development’s 50 United Nations Plaza which is now wrapping up construction. Also in the works is a 27-story mixed-use building located across 46th Street that is being developed by the United Arab Emirates.

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Nice tower!

I agree, pretty nice. Hopefully, this tower will be in the 450-500’ range.

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Renderings :slight_smile:


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Wow! I really like it.

Demolition Work Could Soon Begin for New 32-Story Turkish Consulate

Midtown East will soon gain another high rise, as the Republic of Turkey has filed plans to replace its 11-story building with a 32-story tower. According to DNAInfo, representatives of Turkey reportedly filed permits to allow for demolition of 821 First Avenue and 342 East 46th Street, the current homes of several Turkish diplomats, to make way for the country’s new New York consulate. Records indicate that the Republic has owned the property since 1976.

Renderings for the building from the project’s architect, Perkins Eastman, show a reflective crescent-shaped building towering over those immediately surrounding it. Located a mere block from United Nations Plaza, the building will serve as housing for various consulate and diplomatic staff and their families, while also functioning as the primary designation for visa and consular offices.

The project is expected to be completed in 2018.


Turkey Files Demolition Permits to Make Way for New Consulate Tower


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So I take it this will be the building replaced. It looks pretty bland at least a bit obsolete, especially considering it doesn’t look like it has central air and could be hosting World Leaders from the UN across the street.


Me like this tower! Sort of 111 Murray-ish.

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Turking source. Some insight into the the design

New Turkevi Building Will Be a Tulip

Work is under way for the New Turkevi Building , located just across the UN Headquarters, to pass on a mischief . The construction of the building’s largest construction companies in the United States, won the bid, a company in the Turkish-US partnership. American computer giant IBM has been purchased with the contributions of Foreign Minister Ihsan Sabri Çağlayangil in 1977, and until 2013 Turkey’s Permanent Representation to the United Nations and the building serving as the Consulate General of New York have been demolished.

Instead of the old building of New York Turkevi, 35-storey skyscraper will be constructed, which is compatible with Turkey’s active foreign policy, increasing reputation and needs . The Yeni Turkevi Building, which will have an area of ​​approximately 20 thousand square meters, will leave the UN Permanent Representative Office of the UN and the UN Permanent Representation of the United States immediately beside the UN building at a height of 171 meters. The New Turkevi Building, where the Permanent Mission to the UN and the Consulate General of New York will be held, as well as the auditorium, meeting and exhibition halls for 200 people, parking lot for 20 vehicles and lodging facilities on the top will be a dynamic and safe building that can provide many services at the same time. The building contract signed between the parties in New York on 16 May is expected to be completed by 2021.

The tulip-shaped sky will rise

The project of the Yeni Turkevi Building was designed by American architect Firm Perkins Eastman . Chief architect Jonathan Stark, after going to Turkey and reviewing, gave the final status to the project. The New Turkish Building will be seen from Downtown Manhattan, East River and Long Island City, which will rise to the tulip sky with traditional Turkish architectural motifs, especially the Seljuks.

The building was designed as a symbolic skyscraper to reflect Turkish culture, history and diversity, to be added to the silhouette of New York from the most important cities of the world. The gate of the Yeni Turkevi building will also be built by inspiring from the architecture of the Seljuk and Ottoman caravanserais. The warehouse system that will enable the accumulation of rain water and the “Leed Silver” certificate in the green building will carry the environmentally friendly skyscraper property. The project is going to take place among the iconic buildings of New York when the Yeni Turkevi Building, which is already welcomed with interest, is completed. "The New Turkevi will help our agencies in New York to carry out their activities more efficiently and efficiently, improve the quality of service offered to our citizens,





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This tower has been under the radar but I love the design. Walked by here today - lots of activity!


The east river skyline needs some elegance :slight_smile: