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Fumihiko Maki reveals plans for second New York United Nations skyscraper

Japanese starchitect Fumihiko Maki has unveiled plans for a new 166 meter-tall United Nations tower in New York

The high-profile project – designed with locally-based FXFOWLE – comes more than sixty years after Wallace K Harrison, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer completed the United Nations’ iconic secretariat building.

Named the UN Consolidated Building, Maki’s 79,000m² proposal is expected to be slightly shorter than its world famous 39-storey neighbour. It will occupy a plot on First Avenue between East 41st and 42nd streets currently used for a playground.

A tunnel will connect the new structure, designed to house 2,700 workers, to the existing secretariat building.

If approved by the city, the scheme would start on site in 2015 and complete three years later.

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