At number 21 on our year-end countdown is 12 West 57th Street, a 672-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and developed by Sheldon Solow of Solow Management Corp., who filed permits for the proposal in 2019, the tower will rise along Billionaires’ Row between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and West 56th and 57th Streets. Before construction can break ground, the remaining two structures occupying the plot from 10 to 20 West 57th Street must first be demolished.
Renderings illustrate the majority of the bottom floors allocated to a multi-story podium with a two-level retail space facing West 57th Street. This entire part of the superstructure is shown to be clad in white marble, with the monolithic tower above sheathed in a uniform envelope of dark floor-to-ceiling glass and metal paneling.
Below is a ground-floor view of the main residential entrance on West 57th Street with an adjacent shallow pool holding a large abstract sculpture, and a flat canopy hanging above the front doors and black pavers.
It also appears that the top of the podium has landscaping for an outdoor rooftop terrace.
Retail signage will hang above four pairs of double doors surrounded by transparent glass.
The image below shows the southern back side of the property with several landscaped setbacks and a smaller frontage than the opposite northern profile.
The two remaining occupants of the site stand astride the leveled plot, with the easternmost building directly neighboring the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. Sidewalk scaffolding hangs above the ground floor, while the businesses that once sat at the first level are gone. It is unclear at the moment when demolition will conclude at the site.