SHoP Architects‘ 111 West 57th Street has begun the next phase of construction. Work on the steel crown is now underway, and the soaring metallic component has begun to rise atop the recently completed reinforced concrete superstructure. The 1,428-foot-tall, super-slender skyscraper sits almost perfectly in the middle of Billionaire’s Row, and is being developed by JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners. Douglas Elliman is handling sales and marketing for the 46 condominiums. The building will eventually become the second-tallest tower in New York City by roof height, and the skinniest in the world. It will encompass a width to height ratio of 1:24, indicating a very narrow width that measures just under 60 feet.
The bottom section of the crown is shaping up to become an intricate structural framing system. Close-up photos show steel connections for diagonal trusses on the eastern and western elevations.
These two sides will hang the remaining terracotta and copper panels. Meanwhile the very top of the northern and southern elevations will have a mix of slightly opaque glass and bronze panels. This part of 111 West 57th Street is also where the damper is going to be located, preventing the entire building from swaying too much in high winds.
Work on the crown should result in topping-out before the end of the year, and the tower’s height should also soon surpass the 1,396-foot-tall 432 Park Avenue. 111 West 57th Street has an especially impressive profile when viewed from the southern end of Central Park.
Work is expected to be fully completed sometime next year.