Luxury Supertalls Competing for Central Park Views

All renderings Courtesy of YIMBY.

Developers are racing to the top, competing for the most gorgeous views of Central Park. Here is the roundup for the latest luxury supertalls in the works.

1 Park Lane

Renderings for the latest luxury megatower at 1 Park Lane have been revealed, according to 6sqft. The glassy condo building replacing the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel will become the fourth tallest residential building in New York City, standing 1,210 feet tall. Designed by Handel Architects, 1 Park Lane will be developed by Witkoff. The tower will likely contain around 88 condos, each with their own private terrace. Prices will range from $7,000 to $13,000 per square foot. Amenities will include a library, playroom, spa, private restaurant, 100-foot pool, and a private porte-cochere. 1 Park Lane is due for completion in 2020.

MoMA Tower a.k.a. 53W53 at 53 West 53rd Street

In the works since 2006, MoMA tower has been updated with new renderings and prices, reports Curbed. Designed by French starchitect Jean Nouvel, MoMA tower will stand 1,050 feet tall with what will become an incredibly iconic angular facade, resembling an exoskeleton. With the new prices, residences start at $3.18 million.

111 West 57th Street

This supertall – designed by SHoP Architects – will be the skinniest skyscraper on the planet: just 60 feet wide, according to YIMBY. The already slender figure becomes skinnier from base to top, becoming 14 feet wide at the top. 111 West 57th Street will stand 80 stories tall, with residences starting at $14 million. The exterior will be supported by thick perimeter walls wrapped in terracotta and bronze. Completion is expected in 2017.

Nordstrom Tower at 217 West 57th Street

Developed by Extell and designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, 217 West 57th will be a mixed-use tower. There will be outdoor terraces throughout, which may become the highest outdoor spaces in New York City, according to YIMBY. The bottom seven floors will be occupied by Nordstrom, for which the tower is named. Though the tower, due to stand an estimated 1,775 tall, will not be the tallest residential tower, strictly speaking, the spire adorning the top may secure a reputation for being the unofficial tallest, at 1,795 feet tall. The tower will contain 184 luxury condos.

With so many luxury supertalls in the works – and so many already nearly done, like One57 and 432 Park Avenue – Community Board 5 is calling for reforms, cooperating with the Central Park Sunshine Task Force to try to change the process of approval for megatowers, reports Curbed. Dutch architects MVRDV demonstrated one way to minimize the shadow created by supertalls by creating a “tower with a waist.” The first ten floors are parametrically shaped to twist so that the structure only casts a shadow two hours a day. New regulations will push the envelope to create more innovative designs.

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