Can a 73-story Manhattan skyscraper "quietly" begin construction? It's happening at 157 West 57th Street, where?despite a world-renowned architect and a cash injection from Abu Dhabi?the colossal condo/Park Hyatt hotel from developer Gary Barnett's Extell continues to confound. As seen in sleuthy shots from the site, the foundation is nearly complete. The pit itself has been dug so deep that workers toiling away at the bottom look absolutely Lilliputian. Masses of rebar can be seen poking out this way and that. But renderings remain in hiding, reportedly in the office of French starchitect Christian de Portzamparc. (A thorough scan of the Atelier CdP website yields nothing new.) How long can the Extell gang keep this Midtown monster a mystery? Based on the hubbub surrounding fellow Frenchman Jean Nouvel's slightly taller Tower Verre, we're guessing Extell is happy this one is flying under the radar.
· 157 West 57th Street coverage [Curbed]
· Christian de Portzamparc coverage [Curbed]