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East 37th Street's Garden-Filled Tower Reveals New Details

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Plans for a tall, slender, garden-filled East 37th Street tower were announced earlier this month, seemingly out of nowhere, and now Bloomberg Business has a few more details about the mysterious development. The developer is the the Turkish firm Nef, but all of the information about the project is sill coming from the design team at Perkins+Will. Robert Goodwin, the New York design director at the firm, told Bloomberg that future residents of the 65-story, 700-foot tower will have access to five "clusters" of amenities that will hold gardens, a fitness center, infinity pool, and an outdoor cinema. "You're never really four or five floors away from a common space," said Goodwin, which apparently means the building will be like "a vertical West Village street."

The building, to be located at 12 East 37th Street, measures just 50 feet wide by 54 feet deep—making it skinnier than 111 West 57th Street, which has been called the "world's most slender building"—, and it will house 65 condos, ranging from 400-square-foot studios to 1,800-square-foot full floor units. The built-in pocket parks are 33 feet tall.

Since the building is so slender, the designers moved the structural system to the exterior, giving the tower an exoskeleton with "a thin steel diagrid." The tower has a concrete core and no interior columns.

Even though plans have not been filed with the Department of Buildings, the team still expects construction to be complete in 2017.
· A New York Skinny Skyscraper Will Have Built-In Parks [Bloomberg]
· 65-Story, Garden-Centric Condo Tower Planned for East 37th [Curbed]