Nordstrom

Future 57th Street skyline

What Could Have Been: Norman Foster & Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Submissions for Nordstrom Tower, 217 West 57th Street

With formwork about to rise above ground level at Nordstrom Tower, the Smith + Gill-designed supertall’s plans seem to be finalized, pending possible adjustments at the very top. But other renderings for Extell’s site were created by several firms during the RFP process, and we now have images of proposals by Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. While they will remain unbuilt, both versions of the building offer fantastical takes on the future of Midtown in their own right.

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Nordstrom Tower/217 West 57th Street, image from Extell

Official Rendering Revealed for 217 West 57th Street, Nordstrom Tower

While Extell has avoided posting any information on-site or online for 217 West 57th Street, YIMBY has brought you two sets of plans for the building, with the most recently obtained versions (dated June of 2014) depicting a 1,795-foot pinnacle. We have now obtained an official rendering Extell is using for the project, dated from this March, confirming it will look almost identical to both versions previously revealed by YIMBY as well as the image of the tower created in-house at Smith + Gill.

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217 West 57th Street and One World Trade Center

Diagrams Show Nordstrom Tower/217 West 57th Street Will Stand 1,795 Feet Tall, Becoming New York City’s Tallest Building

The current race to the top of the skyline is the most impressive in New York City’s history, with ever-taller skyscrapers sprouting from the Financial District all the way to 57th Street. And YIMBY has now learned that 217 West 57th Street, aka the Nordstrom Tower, received a height boost between April and June of last year, pushing the tower’s pinnacle to 1,795 feet. That will make it the tallest building in New York City, the United States, and the Western Hemisphere.

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