10 Facts About the New World’s Tallest Residential Building

Learn more about the newest addition to New York City’s skyline.

Nathaniel Bahadursingh Nathaniel Bahadursingh

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The 1,550-foot-tall, 131-floor Central Park Tower is now officially the tallest residential building in the world. It topped out early last week signifying its near completion. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the mixed-use skyscraper stretches higher than all of its neighbors along Midtown Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row. Sitting at 217 West 57th Street, Central Park Tower is the second project in that area from Extell Development Company, who are behind fellow luxury building, One57. Iconic due to its sheer magnitude and imprint on the New York City skyline, learn more about the superstructure with these 10 fast facts…

Central Park Tower; image via Extell Development Company

1. At 1,550 feet, the 131-floor Central Park Tower has broken the residential height record set by Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue. Furthermore, it’s the second tallest skyscraper in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere, the sixteenth tallest building in the world, and the tallest by roof height of a building outside of Asia, surpassing Chicago’s Willis Tower by 99 feet.

2. The base of the building will be occupied by a 320,000-square-foot Nordstrom flagship store that will comprise seven levels.

3. Floors eight through eighteen of the tower will house the building’s residential amenities, including a 60-foot indoor lap pool on the 14th floor as part of the 15,000 square foot outdoor terrace, a 63-foot indoor pool on the 16th floor, a fitness center, a spa treatment center, saunas and jacuzzis, and a screening and game room. An event space is located on the 100th floor, which will house a large dining room, cigar room, and lounge.

Central Park Tower’s reflective façade; image via Extell Development Company

4. The all-glass tower is expected to become the most expensive sellout for any residential building at $4 billion. The most expensive condominiums are expected to ask above $60 million, with the priciest unit listed for sale at $95 million.

5. When completed, the Central Park Tower will include a triplex penthouse totaling more than 17,000-square-feet in size, between floors 129 and 131. This residence will have a library, an observatory and a large, double-height ceiling entertainment space beneath a private outdoor terrace on the east side of the tower.

Some of the condos have double-height ceilings; image via Extell Development Company

6. The Central Park Tower is the second project located along “Billionaire’s Row” in Midtown Manhattan from the Extell Development Company, the force behind Christian de Portzamparc’s One57.

Central Park Tower along Billionaire’s Row; photo by Michael Young

7. From 300 feet above the street, the tower cantilevers slightly to the east and then nearly all the way up to the top floor, allowing expansive views of Central Park from the north-facing apartments.

8. Looking up from the ground, the building has the appearance of a series of extremely thin, elongated towers stacked closely to one another. They create a textured look that glistens under daylight. This design move was intentional in order to maximize those deluxe views.

Ground-level perspective of the tower; image courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

9. According to the New York Post, Extell Development Company founder Gary Barnett chose Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to take on the project after seeing a photo of the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, which the architects also designed, in an in-flight magazine.

10. The Central Park Tower is set to be officially completed by 2020, when the first closings take place.

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