Sir David Adjaye’s First New York Skyscraper Continues Rising Over the Financial District at 130 William Street

130 William rendering by Binyan Studios

Visible from the Brooklyn Bridge and starting to pop up over its surrounding context, 130 William Street, designed by Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, is making an early impact on the Lower Manhattan skyline. The future 800-foot-tall and 66-story residential tower will have 244 units when completed. Hill West Architects is the architect of record while Lightstone is the developer, and Corcoran Sunshine is in charge of handling sales. 130 William Street will rise to its 800-foot pinnacle and it is currently the 20th-tallest tower under construction in the Five Boroughs. At topping-out, it will stand eight feet above the Woolworth Building, and six feet shorter than Bloomberg Tower.

130 William Street (left), 19 Dutch Street (center) and 1 World Trade Center looking west on Fulton Street. Photo by Michael Young

Recent photos show the progress of the facade installation on the north side and the western facade facing the World Trade Center. Both are created with the same dark-colored concrete cast panels, with bronze window detailing. There will be full floor units at the top of the tower, with private terraces hidden behind the signature exterior wall.

The western facade of 130 William Street. Photo by Michael Young

The western facade of 130 William Street. Photo by Michael Young

The eastern facade of 130 William Street. Photo by Michael Young

130 William Street facade material mockup. Photo by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The eastern elevation facing Brooklyn has yet to start its curtain wall installation. But when that happens, the impact on the skyline will make it a very distinguishable landmark amongst the cluster of glass, stone and steel skyscrapers that make up the World Trade Center site and its Wall Street surrounds. The use of inverted trapezoidal forms on each level also gives 130 William an extra sculptural quality that can be admired both up close and from afar, like on the Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge Park.

130 William Street seen from the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by Michael Young

Completion of 130 William is expected sometime in 2020.

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2 Comments on "Sir David Adjaye’s First New York Skyscraper Continues Rising Over the Financial District at 130 William Street"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: I zero in its facade that I think it’s the most amazing design on structure. I said. (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Interesting that here, the basic concrete structure is a standard box, and it is the individual window unit facade that creates the unique angles of this building

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