Thursday, October 17, 2013

New High-Tech Building to Rise in Manhattan

I recently posted about the tour we took in our sustainability courses of the Bank of America Building, the U.S.' first LEED Platinum skyscraper.  I thought I would follow up that post with some news about a new high-tech building that will be rising in Manhattan at 107 W. 57th Street.  If you are not from New York but have visited the city you have probably been near this address.  It is the same block as Carnegie Hall.

The building is fascinating because it will be 1350 feet tall and only about 43 feet wide.  It will be the second tallest building in New York and the tallest residential building in the city.  It will also hold the first Nordstroms store in the City.  The building will be 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building and will house about 100 single floor apartments.  Some have criticized the building as being an example of the income disparity in the region (the most expensive apartments will likely sell for millions), but it was approved by the local planning agencies this week.

According to the architect's Website "The design aims to bring back the quality, materiality and proportions of historic NYC towers, while taking advantage of the latest technology to push the limits of engineering and fabrication." While they have not revealed if the building will be a LEED certified building, there is no doubt that they will need to use some interesting technology to create a super skinny 1350 foot tall building in a 43 foot wide patch of earth.  It will be interesting to see the innovations that will be developed to produce this building.

The designer's, SHoP,  kindly provided the photos in this post.  You can read more about the project here.

Follow up:  We discussed this building in my Sustainability 1 class today.  The students felt that the building would likely be LEED based on building trends in New York.  However, most of the discussion centered on the technical aspects of building such a tall narrow building.  They were very curious about the technical design elements of the building so it didn't sway widely at the top and so it was safe from collapse.  It will be interesting to learn about the innovations that will be needed to construct this skyscraper.

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