Steinway Hall’s restored facade is revealed as supertall construction progresses

As progress on 111 West 57th Street continues apace, major construction milestones are being revealed at last. The JDS Development project, designed by SHoP Architects, combines the conservation of Steinway Hall, the landmarked 1925 structure, with the addition of an ultraslim, ultratall luxury residential tower that will top out at 1,421 feet and be clad in bronze and ceramic panels. Steinway Hall’s newly restored limestone exterior is the latest sign that the meticulous restoration of this historic landmark is nearing completion. JDS’s Instagram feed has revealed extraordinary bird’s-eye views of scaffolding being removed to unveil the ornate facade and the shimmering copper roof. Ultimately, the historic Steinway Hall structure will become a grand point of entry for the new residents of 111 West 57th Street.

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SHoP’s (Expanding) House

Since their show-stopping design for the Barclays Center turned an international design spotlight on SHoP Architects in 2013, the firm has been creating a range of innovative new residential projects in New York, including several major projects for JDS Development Group. JDS founder Michael Stern reached out to the SHoP team in 2013, noting with admiration that he had wanted to “meet the lunatics” who had designed Barclays. He was especially impressed that for a project under a great deal of scrutiny, and with complex politics involved, SHoP had made bold aesthetic choices rather than playing it safe. Four years later, JDS and SHoP have undertaken several high-profile projects together, including the ultratall 111 West 57th Street, which combines the landmarked Steinway Building with a sleek new tower clad in light-colored ceramics and brass. On the East River Waterfront, the firms have collaborated on the eye-catching American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. And in another collaboration that deftly weaves a historic building into a new project, the luxury rentals at 9 DeKalb Avenue, which sit adjacent to the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, will soon be in Brooklyn’s tallest residential tower.

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111 West 57th Street Comes Into View: Supertall Emerges on Central Park Skyline

The southern boundary of Central Park—otherwise known as “Billionaires’ Row”—is preparing for the completion of several high-profile luxury condo residences, including JDS Development’s 111 West 57th Street. Built adjacent to the landmarked Steinway Building, 111 West 57th is ​one of the most anticipated because of its magnificent heights. The SHoP Architects-designed tower is 82 stories tall, and it is the world’s ​slenderest h​igh-rise. Its exterior is sheathed in a luxurious terra-cotta and glass-curtain wall with bronze-filigree elements. 111 West 57th houses 46 full-floor and duplex residences with ceiling heights ​up to 14 feet ​and spectacular views of Central Park. Apartments range from $14 million to nearly $100 million.

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NYC real estate loves old tricks for new homes

Expert woodworkers, stained glass artisans, and marble carvers are as busy as ever in New York City, thanks to the robust demand for the restoration of historic architectural details in the city’s housing stock. In 1965, right around the time that buyers began renovating brownstones in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Landmarks Preservation Commission was established, ensuring that historic neighborhoods would retain much of their original character. Developers, for their part, have found ingenious ways to combine preservation projects with new buildings, sometimes within a single complex construction initiative. At 111 West 57th Street, JDS Development is restoring the landmarked lobby of the Steinway Building, while a new, ultraslim tower housing 60 luxury Midtown residences will rise above it. And at JDS’s nearby Stella Tower on West 50th Street, eight craftsmen worked to restore the geometric “crown” that sits atop the classic art deco building. According to Marci Clark, JDS’s architectural historian, the benefits are twofold: “We want to make a building shine to its best possible capacity,” she says. “Not only to provide a premier living experience for residents, but also for New Yorkers to enjoy as they walk past.”

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A New Gilded Age, for Artists Who Would Rule Forever

Since 1857, NYC hardware manufacturer P.E. Guerin has been crafting elegant brass fittings for projects ranging from Henry Ford’s historic Fair Lane estate to the new luxury Midtown tower at 111 West 57th Street, which, with the adjacent landmarked Steinway Hall, will house new condominiums from the JDS Development Group. Guerin and acclaimed designer William Sofield of Studio Sofield are collaborating to create custom bronze accents and ornamentation for the interiors, while the SHoP architects-designed facade will also feature a significant bronze component, networked with interlocking brass elements climbing to the 1,428-foot summit.

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Inside the Supertalls: 111 West 57th Street

JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects will soon be making their marks on the Manhattan skyline with their new supertall tower at 111 West 57th Street. Upon completion, it will stand 1,438 feet tall, and house 60 luxury residences with unobstructed views of Central Park. 111 West 57th Street will also have four floors of prime retail space. Its east and west facades will feature bronze latticework and terra-cotta panels that rise straight up into the air, while a series of setbacks on the south side make it appear like it’s disappearing into the sky, hence the tower’s nickname “The Stairway to Heaven.” It will also incorporate into its base the landmarked Steinway Building, which has inspired the developers to include a recital hall.

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Keeping Skyscrapers From Blowing in the Wind

As demand for Manhattan real estate reaches an all-time high, the city’s residential towers are making use of building technologies at the leading edge of materials science and engineering. Top NYC real estate developer JDS Development Group is building 111 West 5th Street, an ultra-slim, 60-foot-wide condo that soars to 1428 feet, and boasts more structural strength than buildings twice its size. According to Simon Koster, a principal of JDS Development Group, the SHoP Architects-designed tower will have an 800-ton tuned mass damper to minimize movement and vibrations. While the building is structurally sound without the damper in place, “all buildings move,” says Koster. “It’s about tailoring that movement for the comfort of the occupants.” This engineering feature means that despite its slender silhouette, residents will not feel any disturbances from wind and weather, or even a downshifting truck on 57th Street.

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Sky High! A look at the next generation of ‘Super Tails’

New York City is becoming home to the ‘Super Talls,’ a series of skyscrapers reaching 900 feet in height and beyond. The slimmest of this skyward-bound herd at 58 feet wide is 111 West 57th Street. JDS Development is behind the Midtown condos for sale, which are rising from a unique foundation: the historic Steinway Hall. The full height of the 60-residence tower will be 1,428 feet, a measurement that would reach to just a few feet below the top of the spire on the Empire State Building.

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LPC Chair, Top Architects Review NYC’s Adaptive Reuse Projects

A recent meeting led by the Landmarks Preservation Commission focused on the successes of the New York City landmarks law over the past 50 years. The law, which focuses on adaptive reuse, promotes historic preservation and has approved numerous successful rejuvenations including the 1925 Steinway Hall building currently being integrated into a supertall residential tower by JDS Development Group. The New York City real estate developers are building the skyscraper in true New York fashion, with the structure’s slenderness breaking records, rising up from the historic landmark at its foundation.

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