After yesterday’s set of One Vanderbilt renderings went live, a rep for SL Green contacted YIMBY, noting that details for the base of the building have undergone slight revisions since the images were created. A fresh set of skyline perspectives (with additional images and hi-res at the link) accompanied said clarification, giving the first views of the tower’s position on the overall cityscape.
Among New York’s existing supertalls, the 1,450-foot building will be closest to the Chrysler, which is just a few blocks to the east, but separated enough for continued distinction. The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed tower will dominate the vicinity, standing over 600 feet taller than the neighboring MetLife Building, which has dominated perspectives of Grand Central Terminal for four decades.
Future neighbors will likely equal or surpass One Vanderbilt, given the inevitability of a Midtown East re-zoning, which has been delayed but not denied. If residential could be encouraged, aiding Midtown East’s transition into a 24-hour neighborhood, towers even taller than SL Green’s impending icon would become all but inevitable.
Given intense demand and a built environment that is already extremely dense, the impetus to continue building upwards is likely stronger in Midtown East than any other location on the planet, as there is simply no room for horizontal growth. And with relaxation of restrictive zoning likely imminent, developers will finally be able to supply what is demanded, which is more space.
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