111 West 57th Street, also known as the Steinway Tower, located in Manhattan, USA, is regarded as the slenderest skyscraper in the world. On April 6, 2022, according to the CNN website, the construction of the Steinway Tower was completed, becoming another new addition to "Billionaire's Avenue" (West 57th Street in New York) and adding a new landmark to the Manhattan skyline.
The Steinway Tower stands out among the Manhattan skyscrapers with its skinny shape. The side facing Central Park is its smooth glass curtain wall, while the side facing the city is gradually reduced in height, and at the top, it seems that only a thin wall remains.
The super-tall building is made up of two parts, one of which is the famous Steinway Hall. The Steinway Tower is a powerful architectural masterpiece, tapering gracefully and dramatically from the top, overlooking Central Park. This post will introduce more about the stunning height of the Steinway Tower.
Description of the Steinway Tower Size
Architects see the Steinway Building as an attempt to push the envelope. In 1925, Steinway & Sons built a new 16-story concert hall on West 57th Street. Today, the concert hall on West 57th Street has also been transformed from a former cultural center into a part of a luxury residence. The designers of the Steinway Building worked with the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission to restore the concert hall's exterior facade and interior rotunda and connect it to the new tower through a spacious central lobby. Its remodeling began in 2014, and the residential part was officially unveiled last year in 2021.
Adjacent to the Steinway Hall, the Steinway Building has 82 floors above ground and 60 apartments. The first five floors will contain shared recreation spaces and high-end retail, while the upper 77 will house luxury apartments. The top story is numbered as floor 91, while floor numbers 5–7, 13, and 21–25 are skipped.
The Steinway Tower Size
The Steinway Tower is the thinnest skyscraper in the world, only 17 meters (57 feet) wide. It is an 82-floor super high-rise residential building with a height of 435 meters and a foundation of only 32 meters x 61 meters (about the size of two basketball courts). It has the smallest aspect ratio of any existing skyscraper, at 1:24. In New York, it is only slightly shorter than One World Trade Center (541 meters) and Central Park Tower (472 meters). The tallest habitable story of the tower is 346 meters (1,134 feet) above ground level.
|Architectural Height||435 m (1,428 ft)|
|Width||17 m (57 ft)|
|Aspect Ratio||1:24, the thinnest|
|Foundation size||32 x 61 m|
|Top Habitable Floor Height||91st floor, 346 m (1,134f ft)|
|Floor Area||53,172.9 sq m (572,348 sq ft)|
|Number of Elevators||14|
From a practical point of view alone, the Steinway Tower is a bit too thin. Even with the most robust concrete, this high-rise building can still sway under strong winds, with the floors at the top swaying in all directions by about a meter, but the Steinway Tower is not the only skyscraper that "swings" in the wind. But in any case, as long as the Steinway Tower stands there, it is an unforgettable landscape in New York City and the signature icon of the skyline.