From Handel Architects:
222 East 44th's through-block site fronts both 43rd and 44th Street, and sits halfway between Second and Third Avenue. This location offered a rare opportunity to design a freestanding building in the midst of the dense urban fabric of East Midtown in Manhattan.
As the tower rises, city views open up, and the design of the tower was shaped with these visual adjacencies in mind. Views of the nearby Chrysler Building led to the tower's orientation at an angle to the city's grid; this misalignment allowed a greater number of apartments to face the landmark. This skewing of the floorplate presents a narrow aspect ratio on 43rd and 44th Street, while the effect on the massing visually defines the building, and creates an interesting sculptural dialog with its neighbors.
On 43rd Street, the project maintains a continuous retail frontage and incorporates portions of a previously existing parking garage that was on the site. On 44th Street the building splays away from the sidewalk to create an open court that is landscaped, creating an open and accessible space that is defined by a feature wall at one end, and a reflecting pool at the other.