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New York Architectural Designs – chronological list

New York Skyscraper Buildings

New York Skyscraper Building Designs, chronological:

Jan 23, 2020
277 Fifth Avenue, NoMad, NYC, USA
Architects: Rafael Viñoly
277 Fifth Avenue Luxury Condos NoMad New York City
rendering : THREE MARKS
277 Fifth Avenue Building
This 55-storey tower is located in the heart of NoMad, where Manhattan’s East and West Sides, Uptown and Downtown, meet.

Jan 8, 2020
550 Madison
Architects: Snøhetta
550 Madison NYC
photo © Snøhetta and MOARE
550 Madison in New York City
Snøhetta’s design for the public garden and revitalization of The Olayan Group’s 550 Madison receive unanimous approval from the City Planning Commission.

Oct 11, 2019
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building, corner of Seventh Avenue & West 47th Street, Manhattan, NYC
Design: PBDW
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building, New York City
image courtesy of architects office
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building
The architects at PBDW designed 20 Times Square – the first major skyscraper development in 30 years at the apex of New York’s most famous commercial and tourist destination – to be more than a strobing commercial castle.

Oct 4, 2019
The Alyn at E 87th Street
Architects: Ismael Leyva
The Alyn at E 87th Street New York Architecture News
image courtesy of architects office
The Alyn at E 87th Street

Oct 4, 2019
515 West 36th Street, Hudson Yards
Design: Ismael Leyva Architect
515 w 36th Street New York Architecture News
image courtesy of architects office
515 West 36th Street, Hudson Yards

Apr 10, 2019
East 34th
Design: MAD Architects
East 34th in New York City
image courtesy of architecture office
East 34th in New York City
Alternative vision for NYC high-rises from innovative Chinese architectural firm. Unlike conventional tower pinnacles that express distinct outlines, East 34th’s curtain-wall façade slowly fades into a slender and fluid transparent cap, quietly dissolving into the sky.

Jan 10, 2019
Chrysler Building For Sale
Chrysler Building New York

Dec 12, 2018
425 Park Avenue Topping Out News
Design: Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue Building News
The topping out ceremony for 425 Park Avenue has taken place: it is the first full-block office building built on Park Avenue in over fifty years.

Nov 30, 2018
53W53 Residential Condominium, Midtown Manhattan.
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
53W53 in Manhattan Tower Building
photo © Hayes Davidson
53W53 Manhattan Tower Building
Tapered 1,050-ft-high residential condominium tower rising above MoMA at 53 West 53rd Street, 145 residences designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Nov 30, 2018
130 William, Lower Manhattan
Design: Adjaye Associates
130 William Skyscraper

Nov 26, 2018
277 Fifth Avenue Tower, NoMad, central Manhattan
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
277 Fifth Avenue Tower Building in Manhattan
image : Three Marks
277 Fifth Avenue Tower New York City

Nov 20, 2018
Greenwich West Tower, 110 Charlton Street, Manhattan
Design: Architect – Loci Anima Architectures ; Interior Designer – Sébastien Segers
Greenwich West Tower, 110 Charlton Street building New York
render © Sébastien Segers
Greenwich West Tower NYC
A new 30-story tower at the junction of Greenwich Village, SoHo and TriBeCa, with interiors by French architect Sébastien Segers.

Nov 15, 2018
303 East 44th Street Tower Building, Midtown East, Manhattan
Design: ODA Architecture
303 East 44th Street Tower Building
image Courtesy ODA Architecture
303 East 44th Street Tower Building
This building between First and Second Avenues in Midtown East appears to delayed. The proposal has 44 condominiums for developers Triangle Assets. The site is still home to two small red buildings, four stories and three stories tall. Completion of the tower was due for 2017.

Oct 17, 2018
Central Park Tower Building, 225 West 57th Street, Midtown
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill architects
Central Park Tower Building in New York City
image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Central Park Tower Building
Currently nearing the 1,100-ft height above West 57th Street, Central Park Tower has officially launched sales of the 179 units, which begin on the 32nd floor.

Jul 7 + 5, 2016

New York Skyscraper Photos

Manhattan Tower Photos

Manhattan tower architecture photos – supertall + high-rise building images from 24 Jun – 2 Jul 2016:

Views from the top of the Rockefeller Center, Midtown:

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscraper buildings viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

New York skyscrapers viewed from the top of the Rockefeller Center

432 Park Avenue New York Building:

432 Park Avenue New York Building
photo © Adrian Welch, architect

New York City Building Photos

NYC skyscraper buildings:

New York skyscraper building

New York skyscraper building

Jun 21, 2016
200 Amsterdam Avenue Tower, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
200 Amsterdam Avenue New York City Tower
image courtesy architects
200 Amsterdam Avenue New York Tower

May 24, 2016
1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower
Design: DDG Partners in house ; Architect of record: HTO Architects
1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Tower
image from architects
1558 Third Avenue / 180 East 88th Street Skyscraper Building

May 24, 2016
685 First Avenue, East River, New York City
Richard Meier Residential Tower on the East River
image courtesy Vize / Richard Meier & Partners Architects; image via WSJ
685 First Avenue Tower Manhattan

Mar 14, 2016
77 Greenwich Street Tower, Manhattan
Design: FXFOWLE Architects
77 Greenwich Street Tower
image from architects
77 Greenwich Street Tower Building

Mar 14, 2016
434-444 Eleventh + 550 West 37th Street
Hudson Yards Development New York City

Jul 4, 2016
Hudson Yards Development Manhattan
Architects: various
Hudson Yards, Viewed From The High Line
picture courtesy Related-Oxford
Hudson Yards Development Manhattan

Mar 8, 2016
340 Flatbush Avenue Skyscraper Brooklyn
Design: SHoP Architects
340 Flatbush Avenue Skyscraper Brooklyn by Shop Architects
image courtesy of SHoP Architects
340 Flatbush Avenue Skyscraper Brooklyn
Tallest tower building in Brooklyn – proposal.

Mar 8, 2016
3 Sutton Place Tower Building, East Side, Manhattan
3 Sutton Place Skyscraper by Foster and Partners
image courtesy Foster + Partners
3 Sutton Place Skyscraper NYC

Feb 8, 2016
66 Hudson Boulevard New York City Tower
Design Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Hudson Boulevard tower NYC by BIG
rendering : Tishman Speyer
66 Hudson Boulevard Tower, New York City

Jan 17, 2016
76 Eleventh Avenue Towers, between 17th & 18th Streets + Tenth & Eleventh Avenues
Design Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
76 Eleventh Avenue New York Towers
renderings : BIG
76 Eleventh Avenue Buildings
This pair of tower buildings will have 28 and 38 floors.

Jul 5, 2016
One Hundred East Fifty Third Street
Design: Foster + Partners
100 E 53rd Street New York
rendering via RFR
New York Midtown Skyscraper Building

Jan 12, 2016
West 29th Street Building – HFZ tower
Design: Safdie Architects
West 29th Street Building by Safdie Architects
image © Safdie Architects
HFZ Tower Building New York City

Jan 11, 2016
550 Broome Street Skyscraper, SoHo
Soho Tower New York Building
image courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects
SoHo Tower Building New York City

Nov 16, 2015

March Against New York Skyscrapers

Manhattan Skyscrapers March
Hundreds of protestors have marched through New York to call for restrictions on tall buildings, which they say are casting huge shadows over Central Park, reports the Architects’ Journal today.

According to the AJ campaign group Stand Against the Shadows organised the march where New Yorkers walked with black umbrellas, signifying the shadows.

This group has written to the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio to request a moratorium on towers higher than 600 feet until new rules on skyscraper development are agreed, echoing recent calls for a rethink of London’s tall buildings policy (Skyline Campaign).

The issue has come to the fore following the unveiling of plans for the 541m high Nordstrom Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which could cast shadows of up to 300m into the park.

Jul 5, 2016
432 Park Avenue Tower
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
432 Park Avenue
image from architects
432 Park Avenue

Jul 5, 2016
One57 Tower
Design: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
One57 Tower New York
image from architects
One57 Tower New York

Jul 5, 2016
425 Park Avenue
Design: Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue
image from architects
425 Park Avenue

Ten Key New York Skyscrapers

Manhattan Skyscrapers Guide

New York is famous for tall architecture – ie skyscrapers! The Empire State Building is the most celebrated – partly due to it having been the highest on two occasins, partly due to public access – but for me the most beautiful is The Chrysler Building, notably the fanning out crown spire which amazingly was prefabricated and lifted into position in one go. There are a number of New York skyscrapers that will try to compete with these two, especially the Freedom Tower which is much more than ‘just’ a building but a symbol to the world that NYC will not be dented in its free will nor its optimism.

Manhattan Skyscraper
New York Architecture – photo © Tim Collins

Recent Manhattan Skyscraper

May 28, 2013
432 Park Avenue Tower, New York City
Design: Rafael Viñoly
Building to Become the Tallest Residential Tower in the Western Hemisphere
432 Park Avenue Tower in New York City
image © dbox for CIM Group & Macklowe Properties
The landmark 432 Park Avenue project has achieved nearly US$1 billion in sales. Buyers are predominantly from the US with others from South America, the Middle East, UK, China and Russia. With an expected completion in 2015 the 1,396-foot tower designed by Rafael Viñoly will become the tallest tower in New York City and the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

Key Manhattan building no longer standing

Site of World Trade Center
Dates built: 1966-73 (destroyed in 2001)
Architects: Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth & Sons
One World Trade Center was 417m high, Two World Trade Center was 415m high

New York Skyscraper Photos
Empire State Building New York
New York skyscraper – Empire State building photo : Andrew McRae

New York Skyscraper Buildings : Complete List, alphabetical

Key New York Skyscrapers

Manhattan Skyscraper Buildings, chronological:

1. Flatiron Building, 23rd Street, Broadway; 5th Avenue
Date built: 1902
Daniel Burnham Architect
Famous piece of New York architecture that appears on numerous postcards and in many films, so-named due to its sharp pointed plan.
At 87m high the Flatiron building is the original New York skyscraper.

2. Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway
Dates built: 1910-13
Cass Gilbert, Architect
241m high, one of the first New York skyscrapers. Designed in a formal, symmetrical Gothic Revival style and originally nicknamed the Cathedral of Commerce. The Woolworth building was the tallest in the world from 1913-30. Refurbished 1977-81.

3. Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue
Date built: 1930
William Van Alen Architect
Chrysler Building
This building is 318m high, a beautiful Art Deco skyscraper that is the favourite tower for many people. It became the tallest building in the world when completed. The chrysler was also the tallest tower in Manhattan until the Empire State Building beat it. This iconic tower was refurbished in 1995.

4. Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue
Date built: 1931
Design: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, Architects
Empire State Building
381m high skyscraper, Art Deco architecture – especially the tower interior, a famous New York landmark.

5. Rockefeller Center, 5th – 7th Avenue; 47th – 51st Street, Midtown
Date built: 1940
Design: Raymond Hood, Architect
Rockefeller Center Tower
photo : Andrew McRae
Rockefeller Center
The home of the beautiful ice rink, the Radio City Music Hall and up at the top of the tower, the Rainbow Rooms: you can dance or drink cocktails at the summit of one of the highest skyscrapers in NYC with great views dow to the Empire State Building.

6. Lever Building (Lever House), 390 Park Avenue
Date built: 1952
Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) Architects
A beautiful piece of New York architecture facing Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and trying to give it a run for its money. Having had a good look at both I think Mies wins but nevertheless this Skidmore, Owings & Merrill building was a classic in its day, podium and tower: Lever House

7. United Nations Headquarters (UNO Buildings), 1st Avenue
Date built: 1953
Design: Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Sir Howard Robertson with Harrison & Abramovitz Architects
The only Le Corbusier building in New York City: UN Building New York

8. Seagram Building, 375 Park Avenue, New York
Date built: 1958
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect; Philip Johnson
Seagram Building
This austere building is highly rated by many architects worldwide, especially those who like rational and well detailed architecture. The tower set a benchmark for skyscraper design and is still used as a reference model today. Philip Johnson became an associate for Mies van der Rohe on the Seagram Building.

9. UN Plaza, East 44th St / 1st Avenue
Dates built: 1969-75
Roche-Dinkeloo Architects
Crystalline glassy building with facets in plan and section but generally a clean-styled building. The UN Plaza apartments tower was added in 1983. Renamed in 1999 Millennium Hotel New York, UN Plaza.

10. Freedom Tower – Site of World Trade Center, Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan
Dates built: 2004-13
David Childs of SOM Architects
Controversial towers to replace the rather ‘wooden’ New York World Trade Centre skyscrapers that were destroyed in 2001 in terrible circumstances. The Freedom Tower skyscraper (originally designed by Daniel Libeskind, architect) is significant number of feet high – 1,776 ft – to mark a key American date in history – the United States Year of Independence, this height was confirmed in Nov 2013.

Location: New York City, NY, USA

Manhattan Skyscrapers Links

Useful Links re Manhattan Skyscrapers:

Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place, Battery Park, New York:

New York Architecture Walking Tours

New York Architecture

Freedom Tower New York Freedom Tower Freedom Tower Freedom Tower
New York photos : Andrew McRae, 2007

New York State Architecture Designs

520 West 28th Apartments
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
520 West 28th
image from architects
520 West 28th Apartments

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Hong Kong Building

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