Glass has resumed its ascent at One57, and is finally closing in on the tower’s pinnacle . The first signs of the Art Deco-inspired ‘fan’ that will grace the top of the building’s northern facade are now visible, and that design element will eventually become the tower’s defining night time symbol – if renderings are correct, it will be illuminated with bright lights, cementing One57’s place on the Central Park skyline.
The plastic wrap that had covered the lower portion of the cladding is also coming off, revealing the cascading panels of various silvery blue shades that do indeed resemble a waterfall – a key aspect of architect Christian de Portzamparc’s design. One57 stands just over 1,000 feet tall, but despite the tower’s height, it isn’t all that imposing, and the glimmering facade definitely plays a role in making the supertall less monolithic – though it is only ~200′ taller than neighboring skyscrapers.
Completion is expected in 2014. Initially, the window between One57’s opening and 432 Park’s debut was expected to be wider, but Hurricane Sandy’s toppling of the One57 tower crane significantly delayed progress – and the gap in location and prices between the two skyscrapers is rather minimal. Still, One57 is the first of the 57th Street supertalls, and has been bought up accordingly, and both penthouses have sold for astronomical figures in the $100 million dollar range.