Façade installation has begun on One Times Square, a 26-story commercial tower undergoing an extensive interior and exterior overhaul at 1475 Broadway in Times Square. Designed by S9 Architecture with SLCE as the architect of record and developed by Jamestown, the $500 million project involves the full gut renovation and re-cladding of the 120-year-old, 395-foot-tall steel-framed structure, along with the addition of new LED displays and public viewing decks with platforms that will overlook the district. R&R Scaffolding Companies will supply the BMU and Turner Construction Company is the general contractor for the property, which is located on a trapezoidal plot bound by West 43rd Street to the north, West 42nd Street to the south, Broadway to the east, and Seventh Avenue to the west.
The new glass curtain wall has begun to enclose the western face of the building since our last update in early December, when a ceremony was held to celebrate the topping out of the structural additions. Since then, the upper LED screen was also activated in time for the New Years Eve ball drop.
Recent photographs show the look of the new façade, which features black metal paneling with dual-chamfered edges surrounding a grid of wide rectangular windows. There are also some horizontal slits for mechanical ventilation grilles.
Black netting and metal scaffolding continue to shroud most of the southern and eastern elevations.
The cantilevering walkway for the new public observatory is now almost fully built out and hovers above the tall LED screen attached to the northern side. This trapezoidal catwalk will eventually connect to another overhanging outdoor platform going around the other three sides to create a continuous pathway, as seen in the below aerial renderings that also show a wraparound glass floor surrounding the top of the elevator bulkhead, stepped outdoor terraces in the uppermost part of the observatory, and a trapezoidal cutout above the main setback with tall glass walls along all the edges.
A new pavilion with a wraparound LED ticker-style screen will be built directly next to the Times Square-42nd Street subway entrance along Broadway.
YIMBY last announced that One Times Square’s transformation is expected to be finished sometime in 2025.
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