The design is inspired by the robust quality of the historic landmark buildings that surround it and contributes to the shape of the city and a sense of place for its residents and users. The building completes the elevation pattern of alternating medium and high-rise buildings along 40th Street and articulates three separate parts following the traditional tripartite composition of the New York tower. The base occupies the full width of the site, while a decreased footprint at the sixth floor marks the start of the middle section and creates an outdoor terrace. The crown is established by a double-height colonnade for the two penthouses. Adjustments to the story heights of the ground floor, sixth floor and penthouse create a subtle but legible composition of base, shaft and crown. The purity of the tower’s architectural form and tectonic arrangement is achieved using polished precast concrete slabs and columns following a rigorous structural grid. The concrete façade relates to the historic landmark buildings nearby by containing different aggregates relating in color to their masonry façades. Polished precast concrete slabs and columns following a tectonic grid composition lend the building a classical appearance. Materials were selected to create a solid, physical presence that is both contemporary and timeless. It was important from the outset that the façade extends into the interior of the residences, with terrazzo walls and detailing reinforcing a sense of identity throughout the building differing from the conventional façade and fit-out contrast.


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