The World’s Thinnest Skyscraper in New York

By: | April 13th, 2022

Image courtesy: 111 West 57th Street

After the mad race of building the tallest skyscraper, the focus has shifted to the world’s skinniest building.

This week, US studio SHoP Architects completed the world’s skinniest skyscraper 111 West 57th Street in New York City. Also known as the Steinway Tower, it has a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. 

The most slender skyscraper is finally complete and open to residents

Inspired by “the golden age of the Manhattan skyscraper”, this skyscraper is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by New York architecture firm SHoP Architects, it is also the second tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Gregg Pasquarelli, principal at SHoP Architects, said, “Any preconceived notions that our team had about skyscrapers of New York City developments were replaced with an opportunity to do something that had never been done before,”

“As New Yorkers, we are incredibly proud to add a new icon to our skyline.”

Following are some of its features:

  • The skyscraper sits on Billionaires’ Row in midtown Manhattan and is approximately 1,428 feet tall – but just 57 feet wide.
  • It has 84 stories and accommodates a total of 60 luxury apartments.
  • There is only one residence per floor.
  • These apartments are valued from $7.75M for a studio to $66M for the penthouse overlooking Central Park. The penthouse apartment also features 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
  • It also has an 82-foot swimming pool and other luxury amenities as well.
  • Facilities also comprise a common area outdoor space, 24-hour doorman, and a concierge service.
  • The skyscraper is built with the highest strength concrete in the world.
  • The building’s east and west faces are made with terracotta tiles with bronze accents. When seen in different lights and from different angles, it appears to change color and texture.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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