Excavation and piling is taking place in 740 Eighth Avenue1,067-foot-tall hotel and observation tower site midtown, manhattan. Oda is a design architect, SLCE Architects record architect, extel is developing a 52-story skyscraper that will have an 825-room hotel at the base of the tower and 776,000 square feet with an observation deck and drop-ride attractions spanning four floors. The building also includes retail space, a second restaurant floor and a pool deck. The top floor of the observatory will be a VIP-only space. lend lease is listed as the general contractor, WSP is the structural engineer, and Ancora Engineering is responsible for excavating and excavating the foundations of the property located between West 45th and 46th Streets.
The rendering above is posted on the site and provides a basic preview of the skyscraper’s novel design. The hotel portion rises in conventional mass and takes up most of the floor space. Above the mid-point setback, the stem-like structure progressively cantilevers into a continuous wide floorboard that culminates in a sloping mechanical crown. The façade on the upper floor features an irregular wave design, adding to the building’s unconventional look.
YIMBY caught a crew last week erecting part of the perimeter fence at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 46th Street. The north end of this lot was used as an outdoor parking lot.
The southern end of the block along West 45th Street was occupied by two four-story buildings that were demolished over the past few years. A multi-storey car park on the east side was also demolished. This is where a lot of work is currently being done. The tower’s footprint occupies about one-third of the city block, with the massive Marriott Marquis towering over the eastern half.
Only three low-rise buildings along 8th Avenue have survived and still serve as Italian trattorias, gift shops and Irish pubs. These structures will eventually be surrounded by a new skyscraper podium.
The Drop Ride extends 260 feet in an enclosed space in the “stem” section of the tower. The ride features three tracks oriented north, south, and west, including an east face containing a reinforced concrete core. Each ride takes her four passengers and gives him a 90-second experience that includes a free fall.
An estimated completion date for 740 8th Avenue is posted on the site in the second quarter of 2027.
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