The Midtown Diamond District, known for small-scale structures of varying architectural styles, will see two buildings replaced with a mixed-use tower located at 41-43 West 47th Street. This 17-story tower’s design is as much inspired by the district as it is meant to inspire continued modernization to the block.
The Aronov Tower, named for local developer Boris Aronov, reflects the business of the block with shining glass curtain walls on the front and back facades and a clean steel structure whose profile emulates the shape of a diamond. The lot line walls are clad in Equitone panels. These through-colored, fiber cement panels create a consistent and crisp facade that is inlaid with glass to bring light into the upper floors from the east. The design of these two primary facades maintains the illusion of a piece of fine jewelry.
An already small 5,021 square foot lot, the 50-foot wide footprint was further impacted once the required setbacks were overlaid. To maintain usable floor space in the upper floors a compact services core was created. Rather than overwhelming the adjacent 1920’s building, the upper floors are slightly stepped back, which also brings more light into the narrow street. The total square footage is 58,162 providing much- needed office space in the Midtown area.
The narrowing that resulted from the setbacks and the stepping of the facade produced the issue of potential bending of the structure due to the width to height ratio of the tower. Diagonal bracing along the back as well as the west lot line wall to addresses this issue. Hidden from the primary public view, this structural solution maintains the bright, open façade.
With the first and second floors slated to be jewelry stores, the scale is decreased to become pedestrian-friendly and inviting. The curtain wall, which extends all the way through the ground floor, sets itself in contrast to the older, darker existing buildings.
Demolition is approved and construction will begin in January of 2017 with construction completion anticipated for 2019.