According to the developers, Steinway Tower, or 111 West 57th Street, has a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, making it “the slenderest skyscraper in the world.”
The Midtown Manhattan development includes 60 apartments on 84 floors of the tower and the adjacent Steinway Hall.
The tower was designed by New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects and built by JDS Development, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners, who began construction in 2013. Gregg Pasquarelli, head of SHoP Architects, called the building “a project of extraordinary scale and epic.” greatness” in an email to CNN.
The Steinway Tower dwarfs only One World Trade Center and Central Park Tower on the New York skyline. Credit: Dronalist
Super-slim skyscrapers, also known as pencil towers, became prominent elements of Hong Kong’s skyline in the 1970s. Since then, major cities such as New York have followed suit.
The architects said their main goal was to create a new and bold interpretation of the New York City skyline while also celebrating the site’s historic roots.
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“Any preconceived notions our team had about the skyscrapers of New York City development have been replaced by the opportunity to do something that has never been done before,” said Pasquarelli.
The super-tall tower is an addition to Steinway Hall, a historic 1925 building famous for being the former home of piano manufacturer Steinway and Sons and a concert hall. This former cultural center has been converted into luxury homes.
The facade of the tower is made up of blocks of terracotta, a material that changes color and texture in different light and angles.
The Steinway Tower is now opening its doors to new residents, but despite the building’s narrow silhouette, prices are certainly not the same, ranging from $7.75 million for a studio apartment to $66 million for a penthouse.