SHoP Architects‘ 111 West 57th Street recently reached another milestone as work has commenced on the installation of the transparent paneling on the supertall’s steel crown. This is the final major external component of the world’s most slender skyscraper, which is developed by JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners. The 1,428-foot-tall tower will contain 46 condominiums designed by Studio Sofield and marketed by Douglas Elliman.
Photos from Hoboken, New Jersey and from Bryant Park show the first few panels being placed on the southern elevation. We should expect more of the cladding to go up level by level throughout 2020.
The panels are being placed with substantial spacing in between to reduce the stress from wind. When viewed from a three-quarters angle, the paneling gives off a warm golden hue and lights up from the reflected sunlight. Meanwhile, the terracotta, glass, and bronze panels on the eastern and western elevations is continuing to rise and is nearing the top of the reinforced concrete superstructure.
111 West 57th Street is currently the second tallest skyscraper along 57th Street, aka Billionaires’ Row, which recently made headlines as the most expensive street in the world. Adding to the appeal of the project is its location along the longitudinal centerline of Central Park, allowing for almost perfectly framed views of the park. South-facing windows provide clear vistas of One Vanderbilt, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards, all the way down to One World Trade Center at the tip of the island.
111 West 57th Street is expected to be finished this year.