SHoP Architects designs skinny
skyscraper for New York


News: New York studio SHoP Architects has revealed its design for a 411 metre skyscraper in Manhattan on a plot that is just 13 metres wide.

Proposed for a lot on West 57th Street in Manhattan, the building would be approximately 30 metres taller than the Empire State Building and would feature a stepped facade facing the street.

SHoP Architects designed the residential tower for property developers JDS Development and Property Markets Group, who submitted their plans to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission last month.

It is unknown whether funding for the project has been secured but local sources report that the developer hopes to break ground early next year.

West 57th Street is one of New York's most fashionable locations and is just two blocks south of Central Park. Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group have also designed a residential building on the street with one corner stretched upwards to form a triangular tower – see more stories from New York.

SHoP Architects is among four firms shortlisted for the redevelopment of New York's Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden and has also proposed a masterplan for a former sugar refinery in Brooklyn featuring hollow skyscrapers surrounded by gardens – see more SHoP Architects.

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London has been in the news recently for creating a reflection intense enough to melt cars, while the world's second tallest skyscraper topped out last month in Shanghai, China – see more skyscrapers.

  • mcmlxix

    Given the height to footprint ratio and required core, has this exceeded diminishing returns?

    • dtf

      Based on the insanity that is the luxury residential market in Manhattan right now (largely from foreign buyers), I doubt it. The penthouses at the Portzamparc and Vinoly designed towers down the street from this recently sold for 90 and 95 million, respectively. Bubble? Probably. But as long as construction out paces the inevitable crash, it will likely be profitable.

  • Oliber

    I don’t think that’s going to happen…

  • generalpopulation

    Just 13 metres wide? I feel sorry for the neighbouring residents. They’re gunna have a few years of hell while construction inevitably spills onto the neighbouring streets/land.