Exterior work on Robert A. M. Stern Architects‘ limestone-clad 220 Central Park South is imminently close to completion. The 950-foot-tall residential skyscraper is located between Seventh Avenue and Columbus Circle and yields 593,000 square feet of some of the most expensive living space in New York. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the $1.4-billion, 67-story project and is expecting a $3.4 billion sellout. SLCE Architects is the executive architect, while Thierry W. Despont is the interior designer of the 118 condominiums.
Photographs taken from Central Park and from around the neighborhood show the finished look of the edifice and its slim eastern and western profiles. Only a few minor touches remain to be completed on the ground floor around the landscaped motor courtyard, porte-cochere, and breezeway. Meanwhile “The Villas,” an 18-story annex sits along Central Park South, featuring gentle setbacks and terraces that pay homage to the classic New York pre-war architecture of the early 20th century.
The limestone really absorbs the natural light and warmly glows during the golden hour.
220 Central Park South has seen a number of units sold throughout 2020 and is still one of the best-selling properties in all of New York City. The most famous sale is the record-shattering $238 million 16-bedroom, 17-bathroom quadruplex penthouse bought by Ken Griffin, founder of Citadel, which made national headlines in January 2019. The exclusive one-of-a-kind unit is located between floors 50 through 53 and comes with high ceilings, massive windows, and a terrace that overlooks Central Park and upper Manhattan. The hedge fund billionaire made news again last October when he snapped up two abutting units on the 20th floor for just under $4 million, bringing his combined buying spree inside 220 Central Park South to around $244 million. Griffin’s worldwide real estate portfolio has now exceeded $1 billion.
Other residents who also call the skyscraper home include Sting, who purchased a $65.7 million penthouse, and heiress Renata de Camargo Nascimento. One unique amity is the residents-only Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant on the lower floors.