David Adjaye-Designed 130 William Street Officially Tops Out Atop The Financial District

130 William rising in front of the World Trade Center as seen from Brooklyn. Photo by Tectonic

YIMBY recently attended the official topping-out ceremony for 130 William Street. The reinforced concrete tower now stands 800 feet above Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, and is set to redefine and add to the architecturally diverse and ever-changing skyline. This is David Adjaye’s first high-rise in New York City. Hill West Architects is the architect of record, while Lightstone Group is the developer of the 66-story project. Prices for the 242 residences begin around $1,300,000 for a one-bedroom, and range to $20,000,000 for a four-bedroom, full-floor penthouse. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is handling sales and marketing.

Looking up the western elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Views of the Wall Street skyscrapers like 60 Wall Street, Twenty Exchange Place, 70 Pine Street, and One Chase Manhattan Plaza, as well as sights of Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge to the Queensboro Bridge, and the rapidly rising Midtown skyline are plentiful from this new vantage point.

The Midtown skyline. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street and Hudson Yards in the background. Photo by Michael Young

Frank Gehry’s building at 8 Spruce Street. Photo by Michael Young

Looking south towards Wall Street. Photo by Michael Young

70 Pine Street. Photo by Michael Young

20 Exchange Place. Photo by Michael Young

The East River and Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Young

Downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile the dark-colored, custom hand-cast façade has reached the halfway point on the exterior of the structure. Homes will range from studios up to four-bedrooms, and come with 11-foot to 14-foot high ceilings. The upper ten floors will house the penthouse and loggia residences, each including private outdoor corridors behind the fenestration.

The grid of arched windows continues to climb up the building. Photo by Michael Young

The rising curtain wall is passing the halfway mark, indicated by the blank concrete perimeter walls. Photo by Michael Young

The views of the tower from across the East River are just as stunning.

130 William rising in front of the World Trade Center as seen from Brooklyn. Photo by Tectonic

Looking from across the East River in Brooklyn. Photo by Tectonic

“In defining the design for 130 William, I sought to celebrate New York City’s heritage of masonry architecture, referencing the historical architecture once pervasive upon one of the city’s earliest streets. 130 William evokes the past, but it also has a forward-looking design which explores the new possibilities of urban, vertical living,” said Sir David Adjaye. In collaboration with Hill West, Adjaye was inspired to craft a building that pushes away from the typical commercial feel of glass and instead embraces New York’s history of classic stonework and beloved lofts that once populated Lower Manhattan.

“Sir David Adjaye is truly a visionary architect. He has a completely unique aesthetic that is refined yet bold and rooted in historical precedent. 130 William truly represents the approach of his mastery. Our goal with 130 William was to create refined residences and with the building topping out we are excited to see it progress,” said Mitchell C. Hochberg, President of Lightstone.

“Since the sales launch less than a year ago, 130 William has been recognized as the best-selling condo in New York City. The building is appealing to a diverse range of purchasers who are impressed with its sophisticated architecture and interior design paired with an impressive suite of amenities,” said Scott Avram, Senior Vice President of Development Lightstone.

22,000 square feet of amenities will include a health club with full spa, an infinity-edge swimming pool, a cold and hot plunge pool, a dry sauna and massage room, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cool-down terrace, yoga studio and basketball court, a private IMAX movie theater, a golf simulator, a lounge, a club and game room, a chef’s catering kitchen with a private dining area, a children’s activity center, a pet spa, full-time doorman and concierge service, bicycle storage, private residential storage, private rooftop cabanas available for purchase, and outdoor terraces with a rooftop observation deck at the top of 130 William, accessible to residents only.

Completion of 130 William Street is expected sometime next year.

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7 Comments on "David Adjaye-Designed 130 William Street Officially Tops Out Atop The Financial District"

  1. The tower’s movement is smaller than sky but bigger than vehicles on the road. I will keep views to my memory that act putting you and progress there. (Thank you)

  2. Jack Liberman | May 20, 2019 at 10:38 am | Reply

    Tower movement in NYC is still not comparable with major cities across the World. The main reason is price for new construction, longer approval process, harder to get financing for complex projects, height limits. Modern Brutalist architecture maybe answer for this and can solve many problems to built faster and cheaper, without sacrificing much of visual appearance of new constructed buildungs. The OldNew.

  3. Jack Liberman | May 20, 2019 at 10:39 am | Reply

    This Brutalist Building is not bad at all, reflecting NYC Industrial Past in Towering Architecture.

  4. Jack Liberman | May 20, 2019 at 10:42 am | Reply

    Think about Le Corbusier, Pei, they are built best Brutalist buildings. This building have a “fortress like” industrial look windows, what reflects a history of Triangle District, Fulton Streets, the Industrial Past of Our Great City!!!

  5. Jack Liberman: How can you possibly state that New York is “not comparable with major cities across the World[w]” – NO, it towers over all except Hong Kong with the most skyscrapers. Furthermore, New York has 273 skyscrapers over 500 feet tall – far more than any other place on Earth excepting Hong Kong – and they are far more compelling! Despite all your questionable comments/reasons regarding future construction difficulties it certainly does appear none of these will halt/stall skyscraper construction any time soon.

  6. Mark Christopher Heaton Thompson | May 21, 2019 at 7:50 am | Reply

    Truly hideous – looks 40 years old already. A ghastly addition to the skyline.

    • Couldn’t agree more. This “paying homage to industrial roots” or whatever doesn’t have to come at the expense of aesthetics. This building is ugly, dissonant with its surroundings and quite honestly looks cheap. A glass box, while trite, at least wouldn’t stick out like a mortifying gangrenous thumb.

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