111 West 57th Street’s Super-Slender Concrete Formwork Officially Tops Out Atop Billionaires’ Row, in Midtown

The position of the tower makes for a symmetrical vantage point of Central Park. Rendering by SHoP Architects

Construction at 111 West 57th Street has reached a major milestone, as the reinforced concrete superstructure for the second-tallest building in New York City by roof height and the world’s most slender building is now topped out. The future 1,428-foot-tall tower is being designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS DevelopmentProperty Markets Group, and Spruce Capital PartnersDouglas Elliman is handling sales and marketing for the 46 condominiums.

In a joint statement, JDS Developmet’s Michael Stern and Property Markets Group’s Kevin Maloney told YIMBY,

The superstructure completion of 111 West 57th Street is a major construction milestone. We are so proud of the design and construction of this building and are thrilled to share it with New Yorkers as it begins to fully come to fruition, including the imminent installation of the decorative crown, marking the official top off. This building was made by New Yorkers through and through, and that’s very exciting to us.

Recent photos show the rising Art Deco-patterned terra cotta panels on the sides of the skyscraper while the glass panels on the north and south sides are also going up.

Looking north at the entire southern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The glass rising and reflecting the sky and clouds. Photo by Michael Young

One of the setbacks featuring an outdoor terrace space. Photo by Michael Young

Glass installation. Photo by Michael Young

The terracotta panels covering the reinforced concrete shear walls of the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The top portion of 111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The stepped profile of 111 West 57th street is beginning to reveal its subtle and elegant form. The best view is from across Sixth Avenue looking up the eastern elevation.

The elegantly tapered setback is getting closer to the final architectural height. Photo by Michael Young

Close-up of the upper portion of the eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

To reach its dizzying height above Billionaires’ Row, workers were required to pour about 49,000 cubic yards of concrete and use nearly 100 tons of rebar. The 85-floor structure currently stands 1,257.5 feet in the air and will soon see the installation of the crown, which will bring it to its complete height.

Another remarkable aspect of the tower is that its location is almost perfectly aligned with the centerline of Central Park. This will give future residents a very symmetrical view of the lush green space, the Upper West Side, and Upper East Side.

The top portion of 111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street is expected to be complete sometime next year.

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