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10/9/13

ARCHITECTURE . a new high-rise in midtown manhattan


A R C H I T E C T U R E   N E W S  |  for a quick break on all things Amsterdam-related, here is a post combining two of my favorite topics: Manhattan and architecture - so how about this fascinating soon-to-be new addition to the NYC skyline? And this one will for sure make an impression on that cityscape, what with it rising higher than the adjacent buildings, including the Empire State Building and all. 
Apparently, skinny and tall is not only all the rage in fashion, but in architecture as well. This residential building proposal by architectural practice SHoP is designed to rise 411 meters (1350 feet) high, but rests on a tiny plot of only 13 meters (43 feet) width - now that is quite astonishing, remarkable and mind-blowing. Views from there will not be rivaled, I bet. The foyer in the rendering looks very sleek and elegant, very promising indeed, but the height is just almost too much for me. I still can not really wrap my head around this. Especially after I have read a very interesting article on archdaily.com stating that the tallest buildings and towers around the world don´t and even can´t use a high percentage of their space in the last meters of their towering heights. Now that really is what they call vanity height in the article. Not saying that this is the case with this proposal, but it might be something to think about in the quest to keep building taller and taller. Let´s just wait and see how tall this building will really end up being once it is built. No doubt that it will include prestigious and amazing apartments with an outstanding architectural design. 
What do you make of these new heights in midtown Manhattan? Would love to hear your opinion!

Images via archdaily.com by SHoP architects

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