It looks like construction will be completed on Sven, a 762 foot tall skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue and the second tallest building in Long Island City, Queens. The 67-story tower, also known as Queens Plaza Park, was designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization and will provide 958 rental units with interiors designed by Selldorf Architects, including 300 units intended for affordable housing. Hunter Roberts is the general contractor and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering managed the mechanical systems for the project, which is bounded by Northern Boulevard to the east, Queens Plaza North and Dutch Kills Green to the south, and 41st Avenue to the west.
Since our last update in April, the external elevator has been completely dismantled from the flat west facade and the glass facade panels have filled the visible gap. There is only a few small jobs left to do on the ground floor.
The most notable aspect of the skyscraper’s design is its dual concave shape, and its sweeping curve is most noticeable when viewed from below in the Dutch Kills Green parking area.
Workers have been spotted entering and exiting the Grade II listed Art Deco-style Chase Manhattan Bank Building, also known as the Queens Clock Tower, which is being restored and incorporated into Sven and which comprises part of the project’s 50,000 square feet of office and retail space. The sidewalk scaffolding seen in our last update has been dismantled, and the remaining stone and glass panels surrounding the first floors are now in place, with only a small portion of the barriers and fences around the adjacent subway entrance along Northern Boulevard remain. The ornamental facade of the original bell tower has been restored and can be fully admired.
Sven’s living facilities include an outdoor pool, 20,000 square meter fitness center, library, co-working areas, a children’s playroom and a demonstration kitchen. The closest subways to the property are Trains E, M and R at Queens Plaza Station and Trains 7, N and W at Queensboro Plaza Elevated Station.
Sven, it looks like it will be ready long before the end of 2021.
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