Finishing Touches Underway on 111 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

111 West 57th Street. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

The finishing exterior touches are underway on 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot supertall residential skyscraper in Midtown and the world’s most slender building with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS DevelopmentProperty Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, 111 West 57th Street will yield 60 units designed by Studio Sofield and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. The project is located on Billionaires’ Row between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and is almost perfectly aligned with the center line of Central Park.

Since our last update in June, the construction crane has been fully disassembled and the gaps in the flat northern elevation left behind from the exterior hoist have been filled in. Only a few portions of the façade now remain to be completed.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Sidewalk scaffolding still remains around the base of the podium and Steinway Hall along West 57th Street and should be taken down sometime soon, perhaps by the end of this summer.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

We can now see the final outcome of the northern elevation from Central Park as the glass panels span between the cast-in-place concrete walls. 111 West 57th Street has a set of four multi-story mechanical outrigger floors dispersed across its height to strengthen it against lateral and seismic forces. The openings in the envelope on the northern profile indicate their location and serve to break up vortex shedding. There is also a tuned mass damper tucked within thick concrete walls beneath the stepped steel-framed crown to counteract wind loads.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY last reported that 111 West 57th Street should likely be completed sometime before the end of 2021.

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24 Comments on "Finishing Touches Underway on 111 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | August 23, 2021 at 8:47 am | Reply

    San Gimignano for the 21st century ruling class.

  2. Definitely a time to triple real estate taxes on any new structure
    above 30 flights in the 50’s these buyers don’t care .

  3. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 23, 2021 at 9:25 am | Reply

    Supertall possessed the attractiveness of these photos, progress would take into adulthood views were easy to tell by you. For this matter, why would you have done such a thing; beautiful limitations to the sky: Thanks to Michael Young.

  4. So happy to see this modern engineering marvel nearly complete. It’s gorgeous and is an awesome addition to the NYC skyline!

  5. I love how they designed the slim space at the very top to perfectly hide the window washing crane. This building is beautiful from head to toe.

  6. Am still amazed all of this for only 60 units?! What a waste! ?

  7. While the curved, diagonal mullions in the bronze-framed, glazed panels on the east and west elevations are readily apparent, the wave-like patterns reportedly incorporated in the casting of the fluted terracotta panels on the same elevations are not. Perhaps this is related to how natural light strikes these elevations at particular times of the day combined with the viewing angle. It will be interesting to see the nighttime illumination of the completed structure which reportedly will include LEDs running in the fluting of the terracotta from top to bottom.

  8. Wow, 60 whole apts. in this thing!

  9. Now, without the construction hoist, 111 West 57th Street can finally show its true colors, and it’s absolutely breathtaking. As for the uproar with the very unusually low amount of prestigious residences, you’re probably just jealous.

    • Me? No, I’m not jealous at all. I’d like to go to the top once to see the view but personally I think putting on 60 apts. in this enormous thing is criminal seeing how much housing this city needs. Manhattan is full of half occupied luxury apts. We don’t need to keep building more.

      • “Manhattan is full of half occupied luxury apts.” Was this intended to convey not sold? It’s conceivable that units might be sold but not occupied. Real property sales are in the public domain so that at least is checkable.

  10. Stunning from the east and west. Absurd from the north and south.

    Just wish it was wider because it woyld be the most beautiful tower to beat for the next generation.

    • The east and west elevations are clad in fluted terracotta panels alternating with bronze-framed, glazed panels, the combined assemblage covering the massive shear walls which contribute significantly to the viability of the slender structure. The north and south facades are comprised of floor-to-ceiling fenestration optimized for best natural daylight into the habitable spaces and on the north side, views of Central Park. The absurdity of the design of these aspects of which you speak isn’t easily understood. Perhaps you can suggest what would have been a better architectural solution.

      • Good heavens man im not talking about the choice of cladding I’m talking about the ratio of height to width. It looks like a chimney from north and south and I just cannot get on board with the crowd that says it’s gorgeous from those perspectives because I think it looks ridiculous.

    • @NFA,

      I agree – from the East/Southeast & West/Southwest 111 West 57th Street is stunning.

      Alas, from the North & South, “not so much” overall, but the South facing side with their Art Deco-inspired setbacks make this exposure far batter than the cold & imposing wall facing Central Park, as if the building is turning its back on the park itself (just as it & the emerging wall of shadow inducing Supertalls on Billionaires row if left unchecked literally will do…).

  11. Nice. Now build some affordable housing, so the homeless & mentally ill, won’t set up camp in front of that monstrosity.

  12. Michael D. Skelly | August 24, 2021 at 12:10 pm | Reply

    Half of the Hudson Yards are unsold, at least one out of 4 new units on 57 st. are unsold, so there is a glut, at the moment, but everybody in the city hopes the market will pick up, I hope so to, however if no low cost housing is installed in to these buildings then the city will be in big trouble, because there are many more poor, then rich, at this rate there will be only rich and no one else living in Manhattan..

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