The Nordstrom Tower: 225 West 57th Street to Become NYC’s Tallest Building
By: Nikolai Fedak on November 27th 2012 at 3:00 pm
While no renderings have been released yet, permits have finally been filed for Extell’s future tower at 225 West 57th Street, the tower’s height finally has a number: 1,550 feet.
For those keeping score, that’s over 1.5 times as tall as One57, Extell’s other supertall that just recently topped out, one block to the east. More impressive than topping One57 is the tower’s dominance over New York’s other new supertalls. The ‘roof heights’ of both One World Trade Center and 432 Park Avenue fall just under 1,400 feet in height.
That means that the Nordstrom Tower will likely be New York’s undisputed tallest building after completion, as filing applications typically only include a building’s height to its highest occupied floor. With the addition of mechanical floors and any roof element that will likely be present, the tower’s height could be well over 1,600 feet!
The application indicates the building will only have 88 floors. Part of the reason for the low number of floors – for a 1,500 foot building – is that the bottom of the structure will be occupied by Nordstrom, and the floors of the department store will have ceiling heights of at least twenty feet. That means the Nordstrom store alone could rise 200 feet or more.
The square footage of each of the building’s sections adds up to over 1.2 million square feet, and the Nordstrom store looks as though it should have approximately 280,000 square feet of space.
Extell held a contest for the building’s design, with the winning architect rumored to be Herzog & de Meuron. If Herzong & de Meuron did indeed win the contest–their most notable mark on the skyline is the soon-to-be-built 56 Leonard Street–then New Yorkers will definitely see something spectacular rise. Herzog & de Meuron’s work is consistently of the highest caliber, and the Nordstrom Tower is the perfect opportunity for the firm to showcase their absolute best.
The application indicates the building will hold only 233 apartments, so the building will likely follow the super-luxury footsteps of 432 Park Avenue and One57.
Below is a leaked design from the competition, by the architectural firm SHoP. That version of 225 West 57th Street looked as if it would rise roughly 1,250 feet. Also noticeable is how the building is broken up into several different sections. If the DOB permits are any indication, that should be the case with the chosen design, as well. Renderings are eagerly anticipated.