2018 New York Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

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Photo Credit : Binyan



Project Overview

A layered black glass form that rises 460 feet above First Avenue in Murray Hill, 685 First Avenue is Richard Meier & Partners' tallest residential tower in New York City. 685 First Avenue lies just south of the United Nations Headquarters between East 39th and East 40th Streets.

Project Commissioner

Solow Building Company | Richard Meier & Partners

Project Creator

Binyan Studios


Solow Residential, Citihabitats, Watson NYC, Richard Meier

Project Brief

Renderings from Binyan depict a layered black glass form that rises 460 feet above First Avenue in Murray Hill, making it Richard Meier & Partners' the tallest residential tower in New York

Project Innovation/Need

The black glass itself was carefully sourced to provide the crispest, clearest and warmest effect. Striking and austere, it offers superior performance and the smoothest surface quality available on the international market.

The glass provides a clear view of the city from the interior, with abundant natural light streaming into each residence, while maintaining a consistent black exterior. Residents occupy light-filled spaces, with many residences offering unobstructed views.

The building’s travertine, a type of stone beloved by both Mr. Meier and Mr. Solow, was hand-selected by the latter in the quarries of Tivoli, just outside Rome. The vein cut slabs— like those Mr. Solow chose from the same quarry for his building at 9 West 57th Street—showcase the stone’s parallel veins and maintain a greater consistency of color.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project can be a concept, tender or personal project, i.e. proposed space.
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