The designers behind the world’s thinnest skyscraper have just given luxury fans an early Christmas present.
New York-based company Studio Sofield has unveiled the interiors of the Steinway Tower, the newly constructed 435-meter-tall tower overlooking Central Park. The announcement marks the completion of the opulent midtown Manhattan landmark, which was built on a site formerly occupied by the historic Steinway & Sons piano company.
The 91-story skyscraper, also known as 111 West 57th Street, has 46 full-floor and duplex residences. Photos released this month by the designers show opulent lobbies decorated in limestone, marble, blackened steel and velvet, floors in smoke-gray solid oak and original artwork by Picasso and Matisse. Residences in the Manhattan skyscraper, which was developed by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, range from $7.75 million (R$41 million) to $66 million (R$350 million).
According to Studio Sofield, Steinway Tower’s interiors were designed to recall the grandeur of New York’s Gilded Age, a period in the late 19th century when the city’s boulevards were lined with stately mansions. It is located on a street in Midtown, full of gleaming towers, which became known as “Billionaire’s Row”.
Studio Sofield founder William Sofield told CNN who wanted to make the tower look unmistakably New York.
“We’ve all been in very luxurious places, but I wanted to create a building that couldn’t be anywhere else in the world,” he said. “I know that many people can have several houses, that will have apartments here. And I wanted to create a very distinctive experience that could only be had in New York.”
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Elsewhere, the building’s interiors include an 82-foot pool housed in a light-filled room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a row of Kentia palms. There’s also a modern take on New York’s legendary King Cole Bar, complete with an ornate porch and custom gold and silver murals.
Other amenities include private dining rooms with a chef’s kitchen, a golf simulator and a landscaped terrace.
“I’m always very personal in my work. So take the pool for example… I didn’t want it to look like a regular pool. It has wood panels with great detailing and gold leaf details”, explained the founder of the studio.
“It has a vaulted ceiling,” he added. “It has curtains… So it’s very different from any pool you’d find in New York.”
With a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, the Steinway Tower has been described by its developers as “the thinnest skyscraper in the world”. The tower’s facade includes terracotta blocks, a material that appears to change color and texture when viewed under different lights and from different angles.
At 435 meters, it is also one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, just below two others in New York City: the 541-meter-tall One World Trade Center and the 472-meter-tall Central Park Tower.
Superthin skyscrapers, also known as pencil towers, became highlights of Hong Kong’s skyline in the 1970s. Since then, major cities like New York have followed suit.
(Posted by Carolina Farias)
Source: CNN Brasil