New renderings and details of SHoP’s supertall Midtown tower

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The facade and skyline. (Courtesy SHoP via 6sqft)

The facade and skyline. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

Despite concerns that New York City’s high-end housing bubble is about to burst, the supertall towers that have come to symbolize that upper-echelon of the market keep coming, one after the other. Now, with One57 open, and 432 Park topped off, SHoP’s 111 W. 57th Street—widely seen as the most attractive of the bunch—is preparing to head skyward. As the tower begins its roughly 1,400-foot climb, new renderings and details of the project have surfaced.

111 W. 57th Street. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

111 W. 57th Street. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

The new information about the highly-anticipated tower was divulged by Simon Koster, principal at the JDS Development Group, at the Municipal Arts Society‘s 2014 Summit for New York. CityRealty’s 6sqft blog was there and reports back on the latest plans. Along with a floorplan of a typical unit in the building, 6sqft unveiled some new, detailed images of the tower’s skin.

Facade filigree studies. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

Facade filigree studies. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

On its east and west-facing sides, 111 W. 57th,  is clad in a terra cotta panels separated by glass, and bronze filigree details. The other two sides of the building are primarily glass—to provide optimal views of Central Park to the north and Lower Manhattan to the south. For residents of 111 W. 57th Street, this presents a conundrum: which view to pick. Just kidding, no it doesn’t—apartments take up entire floors.

Typical floor plan. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

Typical floor plan. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

When complete, the tower won’t just be one of the tallest buildings in New York, it will be the skinniest skyscraper in the world with a floor plate of only 60 feet by 80 feet.

Floor plates by comparison. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

Floor plates by comparison. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

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