YIMBY Tours 125 Greenwich Street As Rafael Vinoly’s First Lower Manhattan Skyscraper Officially Tops Out At 912′

125 Greenwich Street looking east from West Street at golden hour. Photo by Michael Young

Above the Financial District, 125 Greenwich Street rises as a slender 88-story residential skyscraper. Designed by Rafael Vinoly and developed by Bizzi & Partners and Vector Group, the 912-foot tall glass and concrete structure has topped out. The 273 residential units are being marketed by Douglas Elliman, while the interiors are being designed by March & White. YIMBY recently got to go on a tour of the upcoming construction, capturing views from the very top.

The Financial District from the top of 125 Greenwich Street. Photo by Michael Young

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One World Trade Center. Photo by Michael Young

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Although it may not count as a supertall, the height of 125 Greenwich Street is still very impressive for the Financial District. To view the elegantly curved glass corners and full profile of the skyscraper, the best vantage point is from the 9/11 Memorial. It is ideal to look directly south from the northern corners of the North and South Tower reflecting pools.

125 Greenwich Street seen from the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Michael Young

The 912-foot tall pinnacle of 125 Greenwich Street is designed and intended to fit within the context of the surrounding high-rises, particularly the heights of the three skyscrapers rising from the 16-acre World Trade Center site. In order of stature, Vinoly’s tower is among the shortest near the World Trade Center when visually lined up with Four, Three and One World Trade Center. This hierarchy creates a smooth balance to the cityscape so that the elevation blends with the old and new buildings on the tip of Manhattan.

The height of Three and Four World Trade Center and 125 Greenwich Street gradually step down in elevation. Photo by Michael Young

On a sunny afternoon, the most visual aspect of the building is the light shining off the rounded glass corners. They will create a continuous wrap-around view for residents looking out from all four corners.

125 Greenwich Street looking east. Rendering by March & White

The podium floors will soon include several lofty units. Above that, is the reflective curtain wall on the eastern and western sides, which is notably divided by an outdoor mechanical section. Tall, concrete walls extend past the roof parapet and create the crown of the building. They are an extension of the exterior core walls that run up the northern and southern facades, almost resembling the appearance of a zipper. Large oversized square windows are placed in the centerline of every level.

Back at ground level, the podium section will be among the final portion of the tower to be finished once the exterior mechanical elevator shaft is disassembled. A mix of reflective glass and dark-colored panels will enclose the lower floors.

125 Greenwich Street will be complete in 2020.

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