ONE57 residential tower in the heart of of Manhattan, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc is now completed and the tower is undergoing finishing works.
After years of testing design schemes for various site configurations, lot acquisition proposals and height variations. The project needed to solve the dual challenge of building the highest residential tower in New York during an emerging economic crisis on a highly irregular site.
The lots finally acquired by the promoter form an « L » shape. Christian de Portzamparc draws on this complexity to provide the main thrust of his design. The result is a composition of geometric forms generated by the city’s alignment regulations, the air rights specific to this site, and by structural requirements.
Each vertical element culminates in curved forms which either shelter terraces with views on Central Park or collide with the main core. The form designed to accentuate the vertiginous upward move- ment of the tower terminates in a gesture with the same form, offering a recognizable silhouette on the New York skyline.
A vertical pattern of contrasting stripes comprised of two different glass types (with uniform visibility from the interior distinguish both north and south façades and evoke the energetic cascade of New York’s verticality.
In contrast the lateral sides of the form evoke a « Klimt-like » pattern that fluctuates with the constantly changing light exposure. This variation in theme was a necessity designed to contrast the perpendicular sides, emphasizing the polarity of the work, a key parameter generated by its views over Central Park. Source by Christian de Portzamparc
Location: Manhattan, New York, USA
Architect: Christian De Portzamparc
Executive Architect: Slce Architect LLP
Residential Interior Design: Thomas Juul-Hansen, LLC
Hotel Interior Design: Yabu Pushelberg
Zoning Consultant: Michael Parley, Development Consulting Services Inc.
Office of Technical Studies: (Structure) WSP Cantor Seinuk, (Fluid) AKF, (Façade) Iba Israël Berger & Associates NY, (Landscape) Terrain-NYC
Client: Extell Development Company
Photographs: Wade Zimmerman