One of the more interesting new designs coming to Manhattan will be at 50 West 66th Street, where Extell will soon be adding yet another punctuation mark to the city’s skyline. The site is just six blocks away from Columbus Circle, and down the block from Central Park. The building was last on our radar in late 2017, with the news that the project would dramatically increase in size to become the tallest tower on the Upper West Side, taking away the title from 200 Amsterdam Avenue before it could even begin rising. Now, demolition has officially begun on the assemblage’s last structural occupant, while excavation continues apace across the land that has already been cleared.
Scaffolding now covers the 11-floor structure at 15 West 65th Street, which will be the last piece of the puzzle to meet the wrecking ball.
The 775-foot tall structure is designed by Snohetta, which incorporates unique shapes in a restrained fashion to complement the neighborhood without leaving out any spirit. The building is separated into two distinct sections by a large outdoor terrace on the16th floor. Above the terrace will be a more slender portion, with two corners removed for discrete, non-obtrusive balconies.
The base of the structure is designed to be both visually striking, and friendly to pedestrians. As described by Snohetta,
At street level, the building’s podium is sheathed in hand-set and textured limestone with bronze and glass storefronts, complementing the warm material palette of its surrounding neighbors. The north side residential entrance is clad in burnished bronze and limestone that presents a welcoming face to the street, and a similar treatment identifies the entrance to a synagogue at 65th street.
New building permits have not yet been filed to reflect the growth spurt. Completion is expected by 2019.