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World's tallest residential tower commands sky-high prices

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Room with a view: Central Park Tower's plush apartments will offer choice views over New York's Central Park
Room with a view: Central Park Tower's plush apartments will offer choice views over New York's Central Park
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Central Park Tower's interiors are designed by Rottet Studio, a firm that has worked on The Surrey Hotel in Manhattan, The St. Regis in Aspen, The Beverly Hills Hotel Presidential Bungalows, and more
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Central Park Tower's interiors are designed by Rottet Studio, a firm that has worked on The Surrey Hotel in Manhattan, The St. Regis in Aspen, The Beverly Hills Hotel Presidential Bungalows, and more
Room with a view: Central Park Tower's plush apartments will offer choice views over New York's Central Park
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Room with a view: Central Park Tower's plush apartments will offer choice views over New York's Central Park
Central Park Tower rises to a height of 1,550 feet (472 m)
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Central Park Tower rises to a height of 1,550 feet (472 m)
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Central Park Tower, by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is a new supertall skyscraper currently under construction in Manhattan, New York City. Once complete, it'll be the tallest residential building in the world and rise to a height of 1,550 feet (472 m), hosting amazing luxury apartments that cost over US$100 million.

You'll note that Central Park Tower is being hailed as the world's tallest residential tower, which is true. However, to be clear, it's nowhere near the height of the mixed-use Burj Khalifa, which is 2,723 ft (829.8 m)-tall, and was designed by Adrian Smith while he was at SOM. Nor does it match SOM's 1,776 ft (541 m)-high mixed-use One World Trade Center, also in NYC, which is the USA's tallest tower. Still, this is certainly a big project and in the world's tallest rankings, it'll be around 12th.

"Over a decade of planning and collaboration with the world's most talented architects, engineers and designers has resulted in Manhattan's newest iconic structure," says Gary Barnett of Extell Development Company. "Central Park Tower introduces a level of design, quality and service that hasn't been seen before. This building will stand out in New York City history as the singular residential offering that redefined luxury living."

The eye-catching glass and steel building is enlivened by a cantilevering section projecting toward the east from a height of 300 ft (91 m), to ensure choice Central Park views for north-facing residences.

Central Park Tower's interiors are designed by Rottet Studio, a firm that has worked on The Surrey Hotel in Manhattan, The St. Regis in Aspen, The Beverly Hills Hotel Presidential Bungalows, and more
Central Park Tower's interiors are designed by Rottet Studio, a firm that has worked on The Surrey Hotel in Manhattan, The St. Regis in Aspen, The Beverly Hills Hotel Presidential Bungalows, and more

The interiors are handled by high-end architecture and design firm Rottet Studio and include 179 residences ranging in size from two to eight bedrooms and 1,435 sq ft (133 sq m) to over 17,500 sq ft (1,625 sq m).

Elsewhere in the building will be an exclusive club spread over three floors that offers luxury amenities, including a residents' lounge with billiards, screening and function rooms, and an outdoor terrace at a height of around 1,000 ft (304 m). The base of the building will host a seven-story retail store.

Homes recently went on sale and two bedroom residences start at $6.5 million, while a six bedroom residence starts at a cool $100 million. We've no word on the expected date of completion but the project is well underway.

Sources: Central Park Tower, AS+GG

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9 comments
Kwetla
How much did it cost to build? Even with building cost + land + bribes it wouldn't been more than $1B? In which case you only need to sell 10 $100M apartments and you've paid it off. How many apartments can you fit in a half-km high building too? Must be loads!
kwalispecial
I'm confused... What is the difference between a mixed-use tower and a residential tower, if this "residential tower" will have 7 stories of retail and 3 floors of club and function space? It sounds like they just invented a way to call their building the tallest of an imaginary category, rather than admitting it is an "ordinary" skyscraper that doesn't break any records...
fb36
IMHO, height to width ratio of this building seems a little bit extreme. I wonder, if this building can really withstand hurricane winds or earthquakes always as well as all other skyscrapers (around it)?
Rusty Harris
Wonder if it will be built to withstand an airplane flying into it?
Derek Howe
Rusty Harris - No point, airliners hitting buildings is a thing of the past, people on board wouldn't ever let it happen.
guzmanchinky
Part amazing, part death trap. And if there's a power outage, you aren't leaving, or for sure not hiking back up.
f8lee
So let's see... add a half hour to your commute time if you live at the top since that's how long it will take to get the elevator, right? Because in a tower that narrow they can't have that many elevator shafts.
YuraG
This is another proof that after a certain level there is no connection between a person’s wealth and his intelligence. Anyway, here’s a tip for morons who buy in: never imagine a fire in this scraper, or it’ll be your favourite nightmare you can’t opt out of. Given that such buildings never burn, even hypothetically ...
ljaques
I'm just a happy country boy from a one-story town. Y'all can have that 'spensive sheeyat. Well, at least some of them look out over the one treed lot in town.