Work is nearing completion on a remarkably tall and slender skyscraper in New York City. Named 111 West 57th Street, the building offers luxury homes overlooking Central Park for the ultra rich and a display of engineering excellence for the rest of us.
We previously reported on a somewhat similar residential skyscraper that overlooks Central Park, Central Park Tower, which is the tallest residential skyscraper in the western hemisphere at 1,550 ft (472 m) tall. 111 West 57th Street is the second-tallest and rises to a height of 1,428 ft (435 m). The building was recently declared topped out – that is, it has reached its maximum height – and is due to be completed in 2020.
Designed by SHoP Architects, with Studio Sofield handling the interior design and WSP tackling engineering duties, 111 West 57th Street is shaping up to be a fine-looking tower. Drawing inspiration from Manhattan’s golden age of construction (it’s actually located next to the historic Steinway Hall), the building features a facade made up of terracotta panels with 22 different sets of contours contrasting with bronze detailing and a glass curtain wall.READ MORE