16 residential projects by famous architects are changing the face of New York


New York is experiencing a boom in high-end residential construction not seen since before the 2008 recession, including buildings by Álvaro Siza, Bjarke Ingels, Rafael Viñoly and Renzo Piano.

The list of architects now designing towers in New York includes several Pritzker Prize winners, like Shigeru Ban and Zaha Hadid. Though these buildings are reshaping both the skyline and the street, most New Yorkers will only experience them from the outside, and not everyone is happy about the boom.

Architect Steven Holl bemoaned the growing presence of supertall towers for the ultra-wealthy in Dezeen, calling them "profane spires". Aaron Betsky echoed that thought, writing "Manhattan is theirs, we just get to admire it". New York residents have also protested again the shadows cast by some of the new skyscrapers.

Scroll down for 16 examples of architect-designed multi-family buildings:

432 Park Avenue by Rafael Vinoly

432 Park Avenue New York by Raphael Viñoly

Perhaps the most talked about and certainly the most visible is Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue. Now the tallest residential building in New York, at 1,396 feet (425 metres), it is rapidly becoming one of the most photographed. New York-based architects Deborah Berke Partners designed the interiors.

Via by BIG

West 57th by BIG

Another prominent project marking the skyline is rental building Via 57, the pyramidal building by BIG, that is often compared to a ship's sail. Instead of the standard stepped-back wedding cake top, BIG cut a courtyard in the middle of the tower, an entirely new take on the city's zoning requirements for height and massing. A camera mounted to a drone captured footage of the "courtscraper" under construction, which is due to open this year.

611 West 56th Street by Álvaro Siza

611 West 56th Street, New York by Álvaro Siza

Nearby, Pritzker Prize winner Álvaro Siza will be making his US debut on West 56th Street with a 35-storey residential tower overlooking the Hudson River. Only one detail image has been released showing a gridded, stone-covered facade.

The Bryant by David Chipperfield

The Bryant by David Chipperfield in New York

A similar language of articulated gridded elevations is being deployed by David Chipperfield for his 34-storey tower overlooking Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. His building is being clad in terrazzo.

160 Leroy by Herzog & de Meuron

160 Leroy Residence by Herzog and de Meuron

Farther downtown Herzog & de Meuron is working on a three projects. Developed by Ian Schrager, 170 LeRoy features a curving facade to maximise views of the Hudson River. The 19-storey building will contain 49 apartments.

Chrystie Street by Herzog & de Meuron and John Pawson


On the Lower East Side, Herzog & de Meuron is working on 215 Chrystie, a 28-storey combined hotel and condo building, with interiors by John Pawson. The building's concrete frame with slanted vertical supports will be left exposed.

56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron

56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron

In Tribeca, the firm is completing 56 Leonard Street, a 60-storey tower with rooms that cantilever from the core, earning it frequent comparisons to a stack of Jenga blocks.

100 East 53rd Street by Foster + Partners

Foster's One Hundred East Fifty Third Street residential skyscraper

Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for a super-skinny tower on East 53rd Street with a pleated glass facade. The 63-storey tower will contain 93 residences and will sit adjacent to Seagram Building, the modern landmark tower designed by Mies van der Rohe.

53W53 by Jean Nouvel

53W53 by Jean Nouvel

Across on West 53rd Street, Jean Nouvel's 53W53 will rise immediately adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art and will include three levels of MoMA galleries in its base.

565 Broome Street  by Renzo Piano

Soho Tower by Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano's 25-storey Soho Tower will be his first residential project in Manhattan with 115 condos. The facades will feature curved glass corners, and the building will include a pool and fitness centre, and ground-floor retail shops. Piano has also unveiled designs for a residential tower in Miami.

Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando

152 Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando

Nearby, Tadao Ando's seven-storey concrete and glass building at 152 Elizabeth Street will have seven units, ranging from two to four bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and a green wall in the lobby. New York-based Gabellini Sheppard Associates is designing the interiors.

Cast Iron House by Shigeru Ban


Shigeru Ban has added two penthouses and designed the interiors for a historic building in Lower Manhattan called Cast Iron House. The entire historic facade was removed and restored and a new modern interior architecture was inserted into the building.

475 West 18th Street by SHoP

475 West 18th Street by SHoP

New York-based SHoP Architects has designed an 18-storey timber tower, 475 West 18th Street, in the Chelsea neighbourhood. It will be the first all-wood tall building in the city.

West 57th Street Tower by SHoP

West 57th Street tower by SHoP

SHoP is working on a tower at 111 West 57th Street with glass and terra-cotta cladding. The firm is also working on Brooklyn's first supertall tower, which is expect to rise 1,000 feet over King's County.

Jardim by Isay Weinfeld

Jardim, New York by Isay Weinfeld

Also in Chelsea, Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld is designing an 11-storey project called the Jardim, the Portuguese word for garden. The all-concrete building will include planters built into the facade. It will be located on West 27th Street near the High Line.

520 West 28th Street by Zaha Hadid

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Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street condo, which overlooks the High Line, features curved cantilevered balconies and boasts a $50 million (£33 million) penthouse.


  • jewsrapebabys

    These are nice but NYC is too crowded and the quality of life is horrible. You people (materialistic idiots) need to stop paying so much for a box in the sky so prices can come down.

    • Brennan Ortiz

      Despite such a great portion of development comprising luxury and high-end residences, we can only hope that the addition of so many units to the market will ameliorate the affordability crisis. Additionally, it has been proven and stated by analysts that already the inventory of luxury units exceed the demand. That being said, developers will be left with no choice but to create housing for upper middle- and middle-income folks (even though the middle class is nearly extinct in NYC).

      As for the quality of life, New York City’s quality of life is one that varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Outside of Manhattan, in the outer boroughs, there are so many stable and liveable neighbourhoods. And NYC is crowded because it is the most densely populated and structured city in the country. This is no secret and if anything it has always been a defining and in some cases, appealing, factor of New York.

      The fact of the matter is that New York City, like many cities, is growing and the most sensible way to sustain this growth is to pack as many units in as small a space as possible. This means creating all the ‘boxes in the sky.’ Something that New York has always done.

  • hellfire

    If by “changing the face” you mean further turning Manhattan into a playground for vacuous multi-billionaires and marginalising everyone else, then sure.

    Also, I don’t think any of these projects would be considered anything remotely close to the “best” of their work. More the scrapings off the bottoms of their creative barrels.

    • HeywoodFloyd

      And that’s different from London how exactly?

      • hellfire

        I didn’t realise London was a part of this conversation.

  • mindzb

    “Now the tallest building in New York, at 1,396 feet (425 metres)”. What about One World Trade Center?

    • Hi, thanks for flagging this up. Our text should’ve said “tallest residential building in New York”. We’ve updated the story accordingly.

  • HeywoodFloyd

    No capital ‘R’ in Leroy St. 100E53 sits to the East of Seagram, not the north. And 56 Leonard is topped out already having been value engineered within an inch of its life; it bears little resemblance to the renderings.

    Who is fact checking your NY stories?

    • Alan G Brake

      Thanks for your note. I’ve made the corrections.

    • Jan Limon

      Do you know where I can find images of 56 Leonard Street after it was VE’d?

  • Brennan Ortiz

    I absolutely dread 432 Park Ave. It is such a shame that the tallest residential building on this side of the hemisphere is nothing more than a dull, banal and overly simplistic matchstick of a building.

    Sadly, it seems that the addition of this building to our skyline has and will only catalyse the addition of many other unremarkable buildings. Though I should say there are just a few exceptions.

    Still, this fact does little to enrage me in the way that the current boom in New York almost exclusively accommodates the wealthy.

  • Yong

    One 57 designed by Pritzker winner Christian de Portzamparc should definitely be on the list. Even though he is not widely published in anglophone architecture sites but his approach to high-rise and his design process is very interesting indeed! Just a heads up: http://www.portzamparc.com/en/projects/one57/

  • Kay

    Mixed bag. The quality of design is going up on the whole and the city is growing in finesse which is great. Some of these buildings are well designed and continue to drive the quality up, others not so much. On the whole though I can’t see a negative, particularly that the more residential units are built (regardless of where they rank on the price scale) the better it is for the every day New Yorker, even those who live in the other boroughs. The city’s economy continues to grow and thus so do jobs and opportunities.

    PS The article should be renamed to ’16 residential … the face of Manhattan’ as no other boroughs are represented.

  • I am so glad to see that Isay’s work stands out as a little more sensitive than the others. Brazilian pride!