New York will always be known as the land of many towers. From early iconic Art Deco splendours such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, to the newest symbol of resilience found in the One World Trade Center, there is no other city that can top the Big Apple’s supreme skyline. Except itself.
Tall projects have been proposed and built in sizeable numbers over recent years. The unprecedented boom has been mostly marked by a rise in tall luxury residential constructions, where prior to the completion of One57 in 2014, there were less than a handful of super-tall skyscrapers in New York. Now, there are four being developed along the same street as One57 alone.
Billionaire.com picks the city’s most outstanding multi-family high rises on the concrete horizon.
111 Murray Street
This luxury residential tower developed by Fisher Brothers and Witkoff will soon soar some 800ft above Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Renderings of the condominium showcase a curved rectangular silhouette that looks almost round, slightly unfolding at the highest floors like a flared glass. The modern design is from Kohn Pedersen Fox. An A-team of visionaries has also been roped in for the project, including David Mann for it residence interiors; David Rockwell for amenities and public spaces and Edmund Hollander for landscape architecture.
Commonly referred to as The Billionaire Building, One57 definitely lives up to its moniker. Its projected sellout value is about a billion dollars more than its costs. Even before the building’s completion in 2014, the penthouse on the 89th and 90th floors was already paid for, raking in a smashing US$90 million. The more than 1,000ft-tall glass skyscraper sits along the now coveted 57th Street and its sky-high success sparked a boom in residential luxury skyscrapers springing up around the area. One57 contains Park Hyatt New York at the base and 92 condominium units above the five-star hotel.
565 Broome SoHo
It may not stand super tall but 565 Broome SoHo is set to become one of the most iconic towers in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The 30-storey condo development is expected to be completed in 2018 and its contemporary twin-spired tower design was recently revealed by Pritzker Prize-winning team Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The building will feature a curved-glass façade.
One Sixty Madison
Located at 160 Madison Avenue and the corner of 33rd Street, One Sixty Madison is a newly completed 45-storey tower with 319 apartments. Its exterior features an angled, octagonal design that adds a twist to the standard New York street wall. The tall block was designed by SLCE Architects while its interiors was done by Philip Koether Architects. More than 20,000 square feet of amenity spaces include the Three Sixty Lounge on the rooftop, an elevated private park, a fitness centre overlooking the park, valet and concierge services, bicycle storage and a 24-hour doorman.
281 Fifth Avenue
As foundation work commenced on site last month, a 700ft-tall condo co-developed by Victor Group and Lendlease will soon sprout on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue. It will be one of the tallest buildings in Nomad, an emerging residential neighborhood north of Madison Square Park. The building will be designed by Rafael Viñoly. With a completion date set for the fall of 2018, 281 Fifth Avenue will be a 55-storey boxy condominium tower, with retail spaces at the base and luxury residences on the upper floors.
One Hundred East Fifty Third Street
Designed by British firm Foster + Partners in partnership with Aby Rosen’s RFR, a slender tower is due to peak next year at more than 700ft on 53rd Street. The clear-glass residential development is adjacent to renowned German architect Mies van der Rohe’s iconic bronze and dark-glass Seagram Building. The juxtaposition of styles will set the stage for a spellbindingly mismatched Midtown Manhattan skyscape in the near future. When it is completed, the stylish property will contain 94 residential units, including a sprawling penthouse on the 60th and 61st floors. The four-bedroom duplex is currently listed for US$65 million and features a 23ft-tall gallery space intended to display large artworks.
The very-soon-to-be-completed Tribeca condo tower 56 Leonard is set to be a striking building. Pritzker Prize-winning team Herzog & de Meuron’s modernist architectural design has earned the 60-storey apartment building its popular nickname: The Jenga Tower. This extraordinary building appears to be free from form as it climbs, with what looks like apartment units haphazardly stacked atop one another. As you can imagine, the high-rise, high-profile appearance has piqued the interest of many buyers, with only two final penthouse residences available for sale.
With an apartment unit count of almost 1,200, Sky is acknowledged as one of the largest rental apartment buildings in New York. Located at 605 West 42nd Street, Moinian Group’s massive glass building sits between the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Hell’s Kitchen and New York’s Theater District, offering more than a million square feet of living and public space. The 71-storey skyscraper completed this year contains a premium penthouse collection designed by David Rockwell.
432 Park Avenue
For now, the new 432 Park Avenue stands as the tallest residential building in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Higher than the Empire State Building, it is almost impossible to miss this 1,396ft-tall rectilinear skyscraper designed by Rafael Viñoly completed late last year. It has truly impacted upon New York’s skyline and is increasingly becoming the pinnacle in many of the city’s photographs.
The new development at 151 Maiden Lane, dubbed 1 Seaport, will rise 670ft above street level, directly fronting the East River. The rendered highly reflective and sleek tower will change the outlook of Manhattan’s most iconic waterfront, rising as the first all-glass residential skyscraper near the Brooklyn Bridge. The 80-unit condominium will boast a full-floor experience on the 30th floor, offering 360-degree views of the harbour, bridges, downtown Brooklyn and other nearby landmarks.