It appears that Robert A. M. Stern Architects‘ 220 Central Park South is finally reaching full completion. The 950-foot-tall, 67-story residential skyscraper tower stands between Seventh Avenue and Columbus Circle and features 593,000 square feet of some of the most expensive living space in New York City. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the $1.4-billion-dollar project and expects a $3.4 billion sellout. SLCE Architects is the executive architect, while Thierry W. Despont is the interior designer.
Recent photos from Tectonic show “The Villas,” the 18-story annex of 220 Central Park South, externally finished. Like many of the architect’s other projects in the city, the limestone-clad structure features a genteel design and a setback-laden massing reminiscent of the pre-war buildings along Central Park South that have stood for nearly a century. The symmetrical balconies incorporate black railings in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, adding additional charm to the classical fenestration. Work should be wrapping up on the motor courtyard and other minor portions of the ground-floor façade on the southern elevation.
220 Central Park South is Robert A. M. Stern’s tallest skyscraper in New York City, eclipsing his other similar creation, 30 Park Place in Lower Manhattan, by 24 feet. The sculpted crowns of both edifices are illuminated with a number of spotlights, highlighting their distinct appearance on opposite ends of the Manhattan skyline. Golden hour lighting over the city also warmly illuminates 220 Central Park South’s stone façade, furthering the contrast between the classically inspired building and its modern, glass-clad neighbors.
Work on 220 Central Park South is expected to finish before the end of 2020.