29 January 2019
There's a new kid on the block, and by New York's standards it is rather tall and skinny. The statistics are staggering; if your eyes were to scan the base of the building it is no more than 60ft wide- to give you a sense of perspective, London's red Routemasters are around 36ft long. If all goes according to plan, 111 West 57th Street looks set to reach 1,428ft, which will make it the second tallest building in New York after One World Trade Centre and ahead of the iconic Empire State Building.
The move towards slimmer skyscrapers is a reaction of sorts to technological advancements in building construction, complex zoning laws in the city and the demand of ultra-high-net-worth individuals who want unfettered views of Central Park and beyond. The architects behind the design- New York-based SHoP- created a terracotta façade, employing bronze latticework in homage to the Roaring 20s, when Art Deco skyscrapers such as the Chrysler building began to form the world's most recognisable cityscape.
Demand has been high and sales are currently underway. However, those looking for the ultimate penthouse need look no further; the building's 4-bedroom, 7,128 sq ft penthouse is on sale for $57 million.
Photographs courtesy of Hayes Davidson