World’s Skinniest Skyscraper
the world’s thinnest skyscraper
Even though it is the world’s thinnest skyscraper, New York’s newest tower is causing a major stir in Midtown Manhattan. With an amazing height-to-width ratio of 24:1, the residential skyscraper at 111 West 57th Street slices through the sky like a razor. Even though some residents moved in in April, the entire package of facilities and further units were still under construction until JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group announced the completion of the colossal structure.
111 West 57th Street is really a two-part structure: the historic landmarked Steinway Hall, designed by Warren & Wetmore and home to the Steinway & Sons piano manufacturer, and the modern high-rise by SHoP Architects, which is sometimes referred to as Steinway Tower. Both structures have expansive houses: 14 in the 1925 landmark and 46 full-floor and duplex residences in the tower.
JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group
Developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, SHoP Architects, and AD100 architects Studio Sofield collaborated to create the exterior and interior architecture of 111 West 57th Street, making it a monument to amazing architecture. In addition to holding the record for the thinnest skyscraper, this structure is the second-tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, with a height of 1,428 feet, including a 300-foot ornate steel crown.
Michael Stern, founder and CEO of JDS Development Group, stated in a statement, “The completion of 111 West 57th Street is a monument to the creativity and innovation that can only be achieved by cooperating with today’s most remarkable designers, craftsmen, construction, and sales teams.” This construction has been precisely planned to create a delicate balance that pays respect to the great skyscrapers of Manhattan’s past while simultaneously establishing a new benchmark for the future.
The new skyscraper appears nearly futuristic
New York City’s architecture reflects the city’s desire for audacity, which is part of what makes the city’s vitality and ambition unrivaled among US cities. The Steinway Tower is no exception. The new skyscraper appears nearly futuristic from a distance, but the architects, SHoP and Studio Sofield, aimed to include references to Manhattan’s prewar Golden Age wherever possible. Sofield tells AD, “I have my romantic memory of old New York.”
On the outside, each component of the structure is coupled with a layer of terracotta pilasters that adorn the east and west sides of the tower, giving it an understatedly elegant late-19th-century appearance. Moreover, JDS Development Group rehabilitated a significant portion of the 1920s-era Steinway Hall structure. The exterior and instantly identifiable rotunda were restored in partnership with the Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York, and it will be linked to the new tower by a grand lobby.
Studio Sofield’s interior design
Studio Sofield’s interior design was inspired by the original Steinway Hall. For the block-long installation, William Sofield collaborated with New York craftspeople like as John Opella and Nancy Lorenz to produce what he calls “a succession of emotive experiences” inspired by the city’s historic towers.
“Reuse gives historical remnants new life,” Sofield continues, revealing that, whenever feasible, he would recreate Steinway Hall into the development. For instance, the lobby of the building features end-grain wood flooring salvaged from the original piano loading docks. A reproduction of the chandelier that previously hung in Steinway Hall adorns the amenity space. In keeping with traditional home designs, the dwellings have formal dining rooms with coved-wall seating spaces, solid oak flooring, vast galleries, and stepped panel doors.
The property has bas-reliefs of all of New York’s iconic structures
Additionally, the AD100 designer hid easter eggs throughout the historically significant property, if you know where to look. There are lilies of the valley, my mother’s favorite flower, with rock crystal bells that sway like my favorite Seagram Building drapes, he says. The property has bas-reliefs of all of New York’s iconic structures, including The Whitney and Saint Patrick’s.
While the architecture may be a tribute to ancient New York, the facilities cater to modern life. They feature an 82-foot-long, two-lane swimming pool surrounded by private cabanas, a sauna, a steam room, a double-height fitness center with its own mezzanine terrace, a private dining room and a chef’s catering kitchen, as well as a residents’ lounge with an expansive terrace and a dedicated concierge service. Sofield states, “My universe is composed of equal parts tradition and creativity, a place where architecture and opera merge.” Yes, there are remnants of the past, but they are always utilized in a contemporary manner.
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