Work is nearing completion on Central Park Tower, a 1,550-foot mansion in Midtown and number two on our year-end. Addressed as 217 West 57th Street, the 98-story tower was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell and stands as the tallest residential building in the world and the tallest structure in New York measured in roof height. The property offers 179 condos marketed by Corcoran Sunshine across a Nordstrom retail podium bounded by West 57th and West 58th Streets and Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
The tower continues to dominate the Midtown skyline. Running down to the height of the main mass is a beveled corner that captures the golden hour-lighting all the way up to the mechanical crown, which extends beyond the final setback that is home to New York City’s tallest private outdoor patio.
Pictures of the building from the East River provide a perspective on its scale and presence among its super-tall neighbors.
Pictures from around Central Park, Midtown and the Upper West Side further detail the shape and design of the curtain wall. The easternmost part of the reinforced concrete structure has thin horizontal bands that break up the floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall, while the rest of the superstructure has a uniform glass envelope with a series of thin reflective posts that also easily capture sunlight.
The removal of the exterior lift from the entire superhigh reveals the true thin profile of Central Park Tower when viewed from east and west.
The crown has several narrow slots in the curtain wall for mechanical ventilation.
The units on the top floors of the tower are among the last remaining to be built and completed over a model unit on the 92nd floor. The multi-storey Nordstrom flagship magazine continues to operate at the base of Central Park Tower and the lower floors of the adjacent buildings located along Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Streets. The expansive sidewalk scaffolding on the south side along West 57th Street was removed not so long ago and we can now see the permanent Nordstrom letters displayed above the front doors of the shop.
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