111 West 57th Street
111 West 57th Street marks the arrival of a remarkable residential tower at a historic address. The original landmarked Steinway building is reimagined and integrated with a modern new tower by SHoP Architects and Studio Sofield. Rising to a soaring 1,428 feet with a facade of terra cotta, bronze and glass, the tower will be an incredibly dramatic addition to the skyline and will feature full-floor and duplex condominiums with unparalleled views of Central Park and Downtown Manhattan.
111 West 57th Street was originally known as 107 West 57th Street. The building was approved in January of 2015. Excavation began in 2014, as did internal demolition within Steinway Hall. The tallest freestanding crane in NYC history, at 220 feet, is being used in the construction of the building.The building will include an 800-ton tuned mass damper to provide stability in the event of high winds or a seismic event.
At 1,421 feet high, this 77-story tower will have 55 apartments and be one of the tallest in the city and the Western Hemisphere, but it is small by the standards of the Mideast and Asia. Its height increased from 1,397 feet earlier in 2014 when it planned to surpass the 1,392-foot-high 432 Park Avenue two blocks to the east.
The building will have a porte-cochere, and a recital hall as an homage to the fact that the building is being constructed on top of Steinway Hall.
The skyscraper was designed by SHoP Architects and is being developed by Michael Stern’s JDS Development Group and Kevin P. Maloney’s Property Markets Group. The north side of the tower rises directly up to the pinnacle of the building. On the south side of the tower, a series of setbacks appear as the tower rises. As the height of the building increases, the setbacks eventually thin out, with the tower “disappearing into the sky. The building’s interiors were designed by Studio Sofield. Writing for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger referred to the plans for 111 as “quite possibly the most elegant” of the new structures planned for 57th Street and around Central Park, which include One57, 432 Park Avenue, 220 Central Park South, and the as of yet unbuilt 225 West 57th Street.
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