A look at the world’s skinniest skyscraper: Steinway Tower

A look at the world's skinniest skyscraper: Steinway Tower
One skyscraper stands out from the rest in the Manhattan skyline

One skyscraper stands out from the rest in the マンハッタン skyline. It’s not the tallest, but it is the skinniest — the world’s skinniest, 実際には.

The 84-story residential Steinway Tower, designed by ニューヨーク architecture firm SHoP Architects, has the title of “most slender skyscraper in the world” thanks to its logic-defying ratio of width to height: 23 1/2-to-1.

“Any time it’s 1-to-10 or more that’s considered a slender building; 1-to-15 or more is considered exotic and really difficult to do,” SHoP Architects founding principal Gregg Pasquarelli said. “The most slender buildings in the world are mostly in Hong Kong, and they’re around 17- or 18-to-1.”

ザ・ 60 apartments in the tower range in cost from $18 百万から $66 million per unit, and offer 360-degree views of the city. It’s located just south of 中央公園, along a stretch of Manhattan’s 57th Street known as “Billionaires Row.”

で 1,428 足 (435 メートル), the building is the second-tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, second to the nearby Central Park Tower at 1,550 足 (470 メートル). For comparison, the world’s tallest tower is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,717 足 (828 メートル).

Steinway Tower is so skinny at the top that whenever the wind ramps up, the luxury homes on the upper floors sway around by a few feet.

“Every skyscraper has to move,” Pasquarelli said. “If it’s too stiff, it’s actually more dangerous — it has to have flexibility in it.”

To prevent the tower from swaying too far, the architects created a counterbalance with tuned steel plates. And while the exterior has the de rigueur reflective glass, it also includes a textured terracotta and bronze facade that creates wind turbulence to slow the acceleration of the building, Pasquarelli said. 約 200 rock anchors descend at most 100 足 (30 メートル) into the underlying bedrock to provide a deep foundation.

Steinway Tower has a long history as the former location of Steinway Hall, constructed in 1924. JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group bought the building in 2013, and now they’re looking to the future.

“What I’m hoping is that 50 今から数年, you’ve only known New York with 111 West 57th St.,” Pasquarelli said. “I hope it holds a special place in all future New Yorkershearts.” ___

AP contributor Aron Ranen contributed to this report.