Photo credit: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Located at the base of 425 Park Avenue and spanning across two stories, Four Twenty Five restaurant from world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been hailed has as “NYC’s most beautiful and important new restaurant.” Designed by Foster + Partners and built by Shawmut, the 15,000 square-foot space includes a cocktail lounge, mezzanine dining level, private dining room, glass-fronted show kitchen, bakery, and wine and chocolate storage.

The cocktail lounge, with a 45-foot monolithic upper ceiling, is given an intimate feel by the timber-paneled dining level cantilevering over the bar. The feature staircase brings guests up to the mezzanine level, where the 1,000 square-foot show kitchen displays a custom, 6,000-pound Molteni oven. A focal point of the space, the dining room lighting feature is made up of 231 individual custom-made light fixtures.

The highest level of collaboration and coordination was required for this project—from the installation of the staircase that spans 45 feet and is 20 feet tall, connected only in two locations, to the BIM coordination for the upper ceiling, which required six trades with many different materials and utilities to create the monolithic ceiling with a quarter-inch tolerance over 5,200 square-feet within a building that’s not square.

Four Twenty Five is Shawmut’s second completed project in 425 Park Ave, following The Diagrid Club amenity floor, as the team continues their partnership with L&L Holding Company and work in the tower.

Media coverage: Commercial Observer