Forty-Seventh Street Between Manhattan’s Fifth and Sixth Avenues is renowned worldwide for its prominence in the gem industry. When a midblock site provided the opportunity to erect a symbol of this distinction, developer Extell commissioned architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to design the International Gem Tower, a 34-story steel and glass office building whose signature feature is its dazzling curtain wall… The building is divided into three zones: A three-story podium is programmed for retail through the second floor; an office rental component that comprises the middle section of the tower and fronts 46th Street (13 stories) and long-term tenants in the diamond industry occupy an elevated series of condominium suites that face 47th street (17 stories).
SOM in the Press
Two SOM Projects Featured in Metals in Construction’s Spring Issue
Source: Metals in Construction