Today, YIMBY has the exclusive scoop for the first renderings of developer Sheldon Solow’s next skyscraper, at 12 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. The 672-foot-tall, 52-story skyscraper will rise directly across 57th Street from the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street, and is also designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. Solow Management Corp. filed permits for the development in 2019, and since then demolition has been clearing the buildings on the lot, spanning from 10 to 20 West 57th Street and back to 56th Street, one by one.
The design depicts a slim tower with a 15:1 height-to-width ratio shroud in trabeated all-black glass panels, a characteristic synonymous with the Sheldon Solow brand. The skyscraper will rise from behind a wide nine-story podium clad in a white marbled façade. A closer look at the podium reveals a subtle layer effect on the grid of windows above, where some appear to pop out. The rear side of the podium has a loading dock on the ground level and several setbacks above for terraces.
The white podium will contain retail space for multiple tenants as well as the entrance for the hotel. The entrance for the residential component is located east of the podium and features a large sculpture, a clear homage to the same artistry that resides in front of the developer’s iconic 9 West 57th Street, directly across the street.
According to permits filed last February, the majority of the structure would be devoted to residential space, with 202,738 feet spread across 80 units and 180,396 square feet for commercial use including the hotel and retail.
Located between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, the site of the future skyscraper is steps away from the 57th Street subway station, serviced by the F train.
No targeted completion date or construction timeline has been announced.