Extell Development's newest hulking tower of glass at 217 West 57th Street was recently approved by the Landmarks Commission, possibly setting a dangerous precedent of allowing new buildings to cantilever over historic ones in the process. But what's done is done, and the Wall Street Journal just published some renderings of the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill-designed tower that, at 1,423 feet, will soon loom over the neighboring American Fine Arts Society. The renderings give a wide look of the tower as well as, perhaps unfortunately, a view of the cantilever from below.
The reasons for the cantilever are twofold, as it 1) chivalrously allows a rival megatower, Vornado Realty's 220 Central Park South, unimpeded views of the park (in return, Vornado shifted its building slightly to the west), and 2) shifts the building's core to allow a column-free space for the Nordstrom (because if there's one thing that New Yorkers will not abide by, it's a retail space marred by columns). You know, form following function and all that.
· Initial Renderings Reveal Design for Condo Tower on 'Billionaires' Row' [WSJ]
· 217 West 57th Street coverage [Curbed]