A bit of fancy air rights action added extra feet to 107 West 57th Street, a proposed tower from JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. The change in size led to some other alterations. Instead of the super-skinny, Cetra/Ruddy-designed building originally planned for the spot, the developers are now hoping to build a tower designed by SHoP, the same architects behind two JDS Development buildings in First Avenue's mud pit (as well as many other projects. The Journal revealed the rendering, also shown above. The building will have a number of setbacks to its 1,350-foot height, with a bronze and terra cotta facade that "sparkles during the day and has a soft glow at night," in the words of SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti. The building's lot is 43 feet wide, which is unusually narrow for a project of this scale.
JDS and Property Markets Group submitted their building plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in August, and the developers tell the Journal they hope to break ground in early 2014. Of course, breaking ground requires some financing, and it's not clear whether the project has that yet.
· New Era for Skyscrapers [WSJ]
· 107 West 57th Street coverage [Curbed]