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The world’s skinniest skyscraper, New York’s Steinway Tower, is ready for its first residents


Written by Lydia Armstrong, CNN

The world’s skinniest skyscraper has been completed, adding a new landmark to Manhattan’s famous skyline.

The Steinway Tower, or 111 West 57th Street, has an aspect ratio of 24:1, making it “the tallest skyscraper in the world”, according to the developers.

At 1,428 feet, it is also one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, falling short of two others in New York: One World Trade Center at 1,776 feet and Central Park Tower at 1,550 feet.

The Midtown Manhattan development includes 60 apartments spread across the tower’s 84 floors and adjacent Steinway Hall building.

The tower was designed by New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects and built by JDS Development, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners, with construction beginning in 2013. Gregg Pasquarelli, principal of SHoP Architects, called the building of “project of extraordinary and epic proportions”. greatness” in an email to CNN.

The Steinway Tower is dwarfed only by One World Trade Center and the Central Park Tower in the New York skyline. Credit: Dronist

Ultra-thin skyscrapers, also known as pencil towers, became notable features of Hong Kong’s skyline in the 1970s. Since then, major cities like New York have followed suit. not.

The Steinway Tower skyscraper is a powerful statement, tapering elegantly yet dramatically from its tip. A triplex penthouse overlooking Central Park sits at the top.

The architects said their primary goal was to create a bold new interpretation of the New York skyline, while celebrating the location’s historic roots.

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“Any preconceptions our team had about high-rise developments in New York City have been replaced with an opportunity to do something that has never been done before,” Pasquarelli said.

The towering tower is an addition to Steinway Hall, a historic 1925 building known as the former home of piano maker Steinway and Sons and a concert hall. This former cultural center has been transformed into luxury homes.

The architecture firm said it drew inspiration from “Manhattan’s golden age of skyscrapers” and New York’s Art Deco history.

The facade of the tower features blocks of terracotta, a material that appears to change color and texture when viewed in different lights and from different angles.

The Steinway Tower is now opening its doors to new residents, but if the building’s silhouette is skinny, the prices certainly aren’t, ranging from $7.75 million for a studio to $66 million for the penthouse.

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