World’s skinniest skyscraper completed in New York

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Cladding on the skinniest skyscraper in the world – New York City’s luxury apartment tower, 111 West 57th Street – has been completed and residents can now move in, a spokesperson for the development told GCR.

Designed by New York’s SHoP Architects, the 1,428-ft-tall (435m) tower has a 24:1 height-to-width ratio and contains 572,000 sq ft of floor space.

The second tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, its 91 storeys were completed on behalf of developers JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners.

The project incorporates the historic landmark Steinway Hall, home to Steinway & Sons piano company, designed by Warren and Wetmore.

111 West 57th Street contains 60 residences, 14 in Steinway Hall and 46 full-floor and duplex residences within the tower.

2021DS15 111 W 57, Architect: SHOP Architects; Location:New York, New York

Using some of the strongest concrete in the world, with a 14,000-pounds-per-square-inch rating, the tower is reinforced with 5.5 million feet of rebar.

A structural core provides the broadest floorplates possible, with ceiling height of 14ft.

A large mechanical penthouse houses an 800-ton tuned mass damper to minimise movement and vibrations inside the tower.

The east and west facades are clad in terra-cotta panels with 22 different sets of contours to create a mixture of shadow and light.

Interior architecture for the tower was created by New York’s Studio Sofield.

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  1. A great accomplishment using a low footprint but construction must have had high costs in ecological terms.
    I guess fire safety was also a priority at this height.
    This houses 60 homes and is a statement of grandesse for the architects. In correct terms the money would have been better spent creating 3 or 4 lower level towers of a similar quality giving more than twice the accommodation.

  2. What amazing architectural, structural engineering and construction challenge accomplished!!! Congratulations to allá involved 👍

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