111 West 57th Street Officially Surpasses Halfway Point in Rise to 1,428′ Pinnacle

Under construction 53w53 (left) and 111 West 57th Street (right) from across Sheep Meadow, image by Andrew Campbell NelsonUnder construction 53w53 (left) and 111 West 57th Street (right) from across Sheep Meadow, image captured in March, by Andrew Campbell Nelson

With each new day that passes, the view of Midtown from southern Central Park is looking more like the renderings from several years ago. Today, we have a look at 111 West 57th Street, which is on its way to becoming the third-tallest skyscraper in New York City, surpassed only by One World Trade Center and Central Park Tower. It’s been three and a half months since YIMBY last reported on the soon-to-be supertall’s progress from Midtown. In that time, the tower has seen an incredible growth spurt and is now officially over halfway to its eventual 1,428-foot peak.

111 West 57th Street

111 West 57th Street, rendering by Hayes Davidson and SHoP Architects

At over 700 feet up, the structure has now surpassed many of its historic neighbors. The terracotta, bronze, and glass facade is not yet noticeable from Central Park, though a small portion of the terracotta is visible on the building’s west side.

Looking at the tower from across Sheep’s Meadow, it matches the prominence of 53 West 53rd Street, a supertall development next to MoMA. It is rather incredible that a nearly topped-out 1,050-foot-tall tower positioned just six blocks away from Central Park can make such an unremarkable impact on the skyline.

This is a testament to the density of Midtown, but the lack of height is also due to the controversial decision to cut 200 feet from 53W53’s height in 2007.

111 West 57th Street from Central Park, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson111 West 57th Street from Central Park, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

SHoP Architects is responsible for designing the tower. They took some of the lessons learned from the materials and proportions of historic New York City skyscrapers when shaping and designing the building.

111 West 57th Street, rendering by SHoP Architects

The firm used intelligent design when considering the shape of the terracotta and its relationship with the sun to create a sweeping play on shadow and light. This effect is beginning to be noticeable, though it isn’t fully apparent quite yet. At the tower’s base is the historic Steinway Building, which includes a fully preserved rotunda space from the piano company’s showroom.

111 West 57th Street

111 West 57th Street, image from JDS Development / Property Markets Group

The building will also be notable once complete for being the most slender skyscraper in the world, with a slenderness ratio of 24:1. For reference, the 1,396-foot tall 432 Park Avenue clocks in with a 15:1 ratio.

Central Park South skyline from across Sheep Meadow, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Central Park South skyline from across Sheep Meadow, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

JDS Development and Property Market Group are developing the slender skyscraper. The 82-story supertall will yield roughly 400,000 square feet, and create 60 new condominiums. The least expensive units start at $15.5 million, with the most expensive selling for $59 million on the top floor, which includes uninterrupted views of Midtown and Central Park.

The total projected sellout for the tower is $1.45 billion, or in City Government terms, approximately one-tenth of the MTA’s operating budget.

111 West 57th Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

111 West 57th Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The estimated completion date has not been announced. At the current pace of construction, early to late 2020 does appear likely.

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9 Comments on "111 West 57th Street Officially Surpasses Halfway Point in Rise to 1,428′ Pinnacle"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: I fully interested in its facade.

  2. That is going to be one gorgeous building, likely the most striking on the skyline. The bronze and terra cotta design is so well done.

  3. What is going on with the old Rizzoli site, east on 57th..anyone?

  4. I”m so proud of you Spense. It’s great to be able to brag about you being part of this fantastic project. Here’s to many more in your future. Love

  5. I LOVE terra cotta, and worked on multiple terra cotta restorations on prominent Chicago addresses for over 9 years, but why would anyone design a building that tall using Terra Cotta as the outer skin? The amount maintenance with the mortar joints, plus the dangers of terra cotta spalling due to freeze thaw – so many excellent products today that are maintenance free, and look almost as great – leave it to a designer who has no concept of the cost to maintain a material like this on such a tall building – once again, the egos are taller than the building’s they design.

    • These days terra cotta is typically deployed as a rain screen system without mortar joints to avoid the problems you have cited. I would suspect that that is the case here since the facade is a unitized curtain wall, which isn’t really conducive to a mortar set tile.

  6. Plus: gorgeous building in correct scale for multiple super tower environments
    Minus: it will, from my W100th St vantage, precisely cut the Empire State Building’s cherished nighlty light show vertically in half.

  7. It’s just too slender, but it’ll probably grow on me just as 432 Park did.

  8. The building is horrible, work is slow and seems beguiled by lawsuits and a Trumpesque owner. I don’t see this thing getting complete anytime soon. The concrete deck is at such a slow pace for a small job, it’s actually insane. From a real building going up Central Park Tower we just look down on them and snicker. Think about this , “ Would you get in an elevator installed by someone making 15$ and hour and doesn’t speak english going up over a 1000’. It takes them literally a week to do a floor, at such a small foot print don’t expect much from this JDS…. Why drive a overprice Daewoo, whe. You could drive a Maserati up the block…..

    Cheap labor and horrible design and aesthetic look….

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