Work is wrapping up on Central Park Tower, a 1,550-foot residential supertall in Midtown and number two on our year-end countdown. Addressed as 217 West 57th Street, the 131-story tower is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell and stands as the tallest residential building in the world and the tallest structure in New York by roof height. The property yields 179 condominiums marketed by Corcoran Sunshine above a Nordstrom retail podium bound by West 57th and West 58th Streets and Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
The tower continues to dominate the Midtown skyline. Running down the height of the main massing is a chamfered corner that catches the golden hour lighting all the way up to the mechanical crown, which stretches beyond the final setback that’s home to New York City’s highest private outdoor terrace.
Photos of the building from the East River provide a perspective of its scale and presence among its supertall neighbors.
Photos from around Central Park, Midtown, and the Upper West Side further detail the shape and design of the curtain wall. The easternmost portion of the reinforced concrete edifice has thin horizontal bands breaking up the floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall, whereas the rest of the superstructure has a uniform glass envelope with a series of thin reflective mullions that also easily catch the sunlight.
The removal of the exterior hoist from the entire supertall reveals the true skinny profile of Central Park Tower when looking from the east and west.
The crown features several narrow slits in the curtain wall for mechanical ventilation.
The units on the upper floors of the tower are among the last remaining to be built and finished above a model unit on the 92nd floor. The multi-story Nordstrom flagship department store continues to operate in the base of Central Park Tower and the bottom floors of the adjacent buildings that line Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Streets. The stretched-out sidewalk scaffolding on the southern side along West 57th Street was removed not too long ago and we can now see the permanent Nordstrom letters displayed above the front doors to the store.