Exterior work is taking another step toward completion on 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot residential supertall on Midtown, Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row, as the construction elevator has been disassembled from the northern elevation. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, 111 West 57th Street is the world’s most slender building with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, and features 60 units designed by Studio Sofield and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.
Nearly all of the skyscraper’s signature terracotta and bronze trimmings and floor-to-ceiling glass panels have been installed. Only portions of the southern elevation and the northern profile facing Central Park are left to finish, while the construction crane has yet to be disassembled.
The podium and restoration of the ornamental touches to the adjacent Steinway Building looks thoroughly executed.
The crane has remained in relatively the same position since our last update in December during YIMBY’s construction countdown. A small segment of the mast was taken off in the final months of 2020, but it’s unclear when disassembly operations will resume.
The hoist has been swiftly disassembled, leaving a strip of temporarily exposed floor plates on the northern side facing Central Park.
SHoP’s design concept is a play off the “wedding cake” style of buildings from New York in the early half of the 20th century. Deriving from the 1916 Zoning Law, the profusion of setbacks resulted in some of New York City’s most famous landmarks like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Now nearly 100 years later, 111 West 57th Street borrows the same principle but with a contemporary approach, mixed with unprecedented 21st century engineering feats, and the use of terracotta and bronze to evoke the Art Deco styling from the city’s Roaring Twenties.
111 West 57th Street is expected to be finished sometime later this year.