Viñoly’s latest Manhattan skyscraper will only be half the size of his 432 Park tower, but that’s still really tall

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Vinoly's 281 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

Vinoly’s 281 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

Rafael Viñoly‘s latest Manhattan luxury tower almost seems quaint next to his 1,396-foot-tall, trashcan-inspired 432 Park AvenueNY YIMBY has published renderings of the architect’s 281 Fifth Avenue in NoMad, which is only about half the size of his Park Avenue behemoth.

Inside the tower.  (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

Inside the tower. (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

To be clear, this does not mean the new tower is short—it weighs in at 705 feet tall—but it does reinforce that 432 Park Avenue is really, really tall.

As for its design? On its most basic level,281 Fifth Avenue’s limited renderings released so far show a glassy box—a lot like other recent New York City skyscrapers. The tower sets itself apart with a series of horizontal spandrel bands between rows of ribbon windows that increase the amount of glass as it ascends—much like a slinky being pulled up from the ground.

According to permits filed with the New York City Department of Buildings, the building contains 141 condominiums and nearly 8,000 square feet of retail on the first and second floor.

Demolition is currently underway at the site, and the building is slated to be completed in 2018.

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