Korean Cultural Center nearing completion at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill, Manhattan

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Construction of the Korean Cultural Center of NYC, the new seven-story home of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, NY, at 122-126 East 32nd Street in Murray Hill is nearing completion. Designed by SAMOO Architecture PC and developed by Level Group, the 120-foot building will encompass 36,500 square feet and is targeting LEED certification. KSK Construction Group is the general contractor for the property, located between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue.

Work on the project has progressed at a sluggish pace since groundbreaking in 2018, but the latest photos show the structure is finally nearing the finish line. Much progress has been made in the last six months since our last update, with construction of the metal frame for the main glass facade underway and the sculptural upper extension standing behind scaffolding. The reflective glass facade is now complete and all of the scaffolding has been dismantled, with the exception of the ground floor.

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

In addition to the main glass façade, work has also been completed on the exit staircase on the east side of the property, clad in gray cladding and narrow rectangular windows. The sculptural roof attachment is best viewed from Park Avenue.

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

Korean Cultural Center. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY recently reported that the Korean Cultural Center will provide cultural and community spaces divided into three distinct zones with separate public spaces, semi-public lecture halls, and private management offices and artists’ studios. The structure will also contain a 200-seat underground theater, an exhibition space on the second floor, an arts and crafts center on the fourth floor, classrooms on the fifth floor, and administrative offices on the top floors.

The Korean Cultural Center of NYC could potentially complete construction before the end of the year.

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