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New York's Waterline Square skyscrapers climb in time-lapse movie

Watch towers by Rafael Viñoly, Richard Meier and KPF rise in this time-lapse video, which shows that the Waterline Square development on Manhattan's Upper West Side is almost complete.

The new movie – given exclusively to Dezeen – condenses the project's three-year construction process into just 45 seconds of footage, so the cluster of residential skyscrapers beside the Hudson River appear to shoot out of the ground.

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The trio of towers at Waterline Square are almost complete

Waterline Square occupies a five-acre site between West 59th and 61st streets "represents the last remaining waterfront development sites to be completed on Manhattan's Upper West Side" according to a project statement.

The area has seen a string of recent construction work. BIG's pyramidal VIA 57 West is just a couple of blocs away, while the massive Hudson Yards project is a short distance further south.

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Richard Meier's One Waterline Square is distinguished by the white strips between its windows

Scheduled to welcome residents early 2019, the trio of buildings at Waterline Square will encompass 2.2 million square feet of floor space, housing 263 luxury residences between them.

One Waterline Square, by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, is 37 storeys tall and distinguished by the strips of white that break up its windows.

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Two Waterline Square by KPF is split into staggered blocks

KPF's Two Waterline Square culminates at 38 storeys, but is split into blocks of various heights that are also staggered in plan.

At 34 storeys high, Rafael Viñoly Architects' tower is the shortest, and has angled facades decorated with dark strips.

Three Waterline Square by Rafael Vinoly
Rafael Viñoly's Three Waterline Square features angled facades decorated with dark lines

Residents will have access to 100,000 square feet of amenity spaces, designed by Rockwell Group. A three-acre (1.2-hectare) park by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will connect to the riverside green space.

All three of the project's architects have multiple towers elsewhere in New York. Viñoly's most famous is 432 Park Avenue in Midtown, while he is currently working on extending an art-deco car showroom close to the Waterline Square site.

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The buildings are located close to the Hudson River, in an area that has seen a string of recent developments

Meier, who is taking a leave of absence from his firm following sexual harassment allegations, has a black skyscraper under construction beside the East River.

KPF's portfolio in New York includes the city's future second-tallest building, a pair of giants at Hudson Yards and a skinny residential tower in the Flatiron District, to name a few.

Time-Lapse is courtesy of EarthCam.