111 West 57th Street’s Terracotta Façade Nears Completion as Closings Commence, in Midtown

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

The curtain wall of SHoP Architects‘ dramatic supertall at 111 West 57th Street is nearing completion as condominium sales have begun to close. Developed by JDS DevelopmentProperty Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, the world’s most slender building stands topped out 1,428 feet above Billionaires’ Row in Midtown, and is currently the second-tallest building in the city by roof height. Meanwhile, the first closings have been recently finalized for the Landmark Residences, a collection of 14 homes located inside the attached pre-war structure  that are designed by Studio Sofield and marketed by Douglas Elliman.

Recent photos from Tectonic show the state of progress on the skyscraper’s exterior. The signature Art Deco-style terracotta façade on the eastern and western elevations have reached the top of the reinforced concrete superstructure, and will soon clad the sides of the tapered steel crown. The dense array of thin vertical bronze panels have steadily gone in place as well, covering the wider northern and southern faces of the pinnacle. Below are the floor-to-ceiling glass panels enclosing the residential floors on the southern elevation. A small section of bare concrete walls hiding the mechanical and dampening systems between the last residential floor and the crown remains exposed, but will likely be enclosed in glass in the coming months.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Tectonic

Originally designed by Warren & Wetmore, the Landmark Residences brings classic New York charm into the 21st century. The amenity spaces are designed by Studio Sofield and SHoP Architects and include an 82-foot two-lane swimming pool with private cabanas, separate sauna, and treatment rooms, a double-height fitness center with mezzanine terrace, a private dining room and a chef’s catering kitchen, a residents’ lounge with expansive terrace, meeting rooms and a study, 24-hour attended entrances and a dedicated concierge service, and a private porte-cochère on 58th Street.

“Our goal with Steinway Hall was to create gracious residences that honor the spirit and integrity of architects Warren & Wetmore’s original 1925 design,” said Michael Stern, founder and CEO of JDS Development Group. “We achieved this through a thoughtful restoration that maintains the elegance of the building’s pre-war proportions and architecture, while creating modern layouts that reflect the way people live today. This was an enormous enterprise by the hands of many talented people. I could not be prouder of the dedicated work of JDS Construction and of the quality of the finished work.”

Landmark Residences range from $8,750,000 for a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom residence to $21,000,000 for the Landmark Penthouse. The remaining 46 units inside the supertall itself go for $16 million to more than $57 million.

111 West 57th Street is expected to be finished this year.

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13 Comments on "111 West 57th Street’s Terracotta Façade Nears Completion as Closings Commence, in Midtown"

  1. What are you talking about? They have done virtually no work on this building for the past six months. Look at photos from your last article. No one has worked in the lobby of this building for 9 months. There were few people working on this building even before the corona virus.

  2. Is the whisper a 33% discount from ask ?

  3. I will miss the actual Steinways in Steinway Hall..they should put one in the new lobby and have concerts..

    • Agree with that! A little cultural give-back to the city would be a nice gesture, especially right down the block from Carnegie Hall, a gift from the super rich of the last gilded age. Might help the new residents’ reputations with us regular folks in NYC.

  4. Expected to see more progress on the pinnacle. Based on the last report and these latest photos, it seems there’s been a delay on this aspect of the exterior cladding.

  5. Why do we continue to allow these monstrosities to blight our city and cast long shadows on Central Park? Just another unoccupied bank vault in the sky. Ugly!

  6. I’m still trying to get used to the ultra-slim east-west profile.

  7. It is great to see New York’s super talls slowly pushing higher. But we need to go higher still. Higher then the Steinway Towerand Central Park Tower. Tower 5th will accomplish that barley. After that we need to go higher. If it stops at 2000 feet I will be satisfied.

  8. I worked in that building for KPF, and I loved the big Steinway grands adjacent to the lobby.

  9. Harold Parnes | May 2, 2020 at 7:00 am | Reply

    Super-tall is a disaster waiting to happen. There will be a seismic event in nyc one day and this building will snap and shatter like the toothpick it is. Yeah I know it’s cool though.

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