CetraRuddy’s latest New York City skyscraper goes curvy, slender, and cellular

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242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

The latest glassy residential tower to rise on Manhattan’s West Midtown comes courtesy of Cetra RuddyCurbed spotted renderings of the 625-foot-tall condo tower that is slated to rise on the site of the Roseland Ballroom, a beloved New York City concert venue that shuttered in April.

242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

The glass structure is encased in a geometric grid that provides texture and some visual identity to the facade. Protruding, rounded balconies give the building a more fluid form.

“[T]he building’s massing responds to various site and zoning constraints, revealing inventive solutions that maximize the residential adaptability of the building through increased floor area, direct outdoor access and amplified views,” CetraRuddy said on its website. “Shaping of the form reflects changes in unit mixes, with larger units occupying the top of the building and smaller units occupying the bottom. Building amenities, located within the podium, take on a vertical hierarchy by locating the various amenities from short to tall around the tower, resulting in a series of cascading layers on the roofs above each space.”

Curbed reported that permits for the building have been filed with the Department of Buildings, but have not yet been approved.

242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

242 w. 53rd Street. (Courtesy CetraRuddy)

And drone footage of demolition work at the Roseland Ballroom site:

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