Façade work has reached the crown of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the Upper West Side’s tallest skyscraper. The 52-story, 283,000-square-foot project is being developed by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America and is designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects with CetraRuddy as the interior designer. Despite heated opposition from NIMBY civic organizations led by the Municipal Arts Society and a ruling by a Supreme State Court Judge that could lead to a reduction of 20 or more floors from the top half of the structure, construction is still continuing as planned.
Nearly all of the reinforced concrete walls that make up the egress cores of the upper floors on the flatter western elevation have been enclosed in the curtain wall. A close-up photograph by Tectonic reveals that several glass panels have begun installation on the crown, and are covered in blue protective film. There are only about four to five stories left to be clad before reaching the pinnacle.
The main eastern profile is not too far behind.
Some of the metallic ground-floor panels, which feature an Art Deco-style diamond pattern, have also been installed.
Most of 200 Amsterdam’s units will provide sweeping views of Central Park and Midtown to the east and south, while those facing north and west have views looking up the Hudson River and toward the upper tip of Manhattan. Amenities will include “The Spa at 200,” which will feature a 75-foot-long indoor saltwater swimming pool and a mosaic-patterned whirlpool, a fitness center curated by The Wright Fit, a treatment room for facials and massages, a golf simulator, his and hers steam rooms, and a dog spa. “The Club at 200” will come with a 24-hour doorman and attended lobby with a live-in manager, a club room with a billiards table and bar, personalized concierge services, a children’s room called “The Little Composer’s Room,” storage, an outdoor terrace, a residential lounge for dining and entertaining, a study room, a library, and a soundproof music rehearsal room.
YIMBY last reported that the developers are in the process of appealing the decision to deconstruct the upper levels. 200 Amsterdam was slated to be finished sometime this year, but this is subject to change.