Cloud-Hugging Homes

The is the view that will greet you when you peer out of the bathroom window of 432 Park Avenue.
The is the view that will greet you when you peer out of the bathroom window of 432 Park Avenue.

The future Manhattan skyline is poised to be more knife-edged and more sparkling, with the proposed construction in Midtown, of a number of supremely tall skyscrapers, 1,000 feet or more.

These will be along West 57th Street, transforming the perch overlooking the Central Park into what’s being billed as “Billionaire’s Row.” Each will house cloud-hugging homes, priced between $5 and $100 million, with most residences occupying an entire floor.

They signalize the dawn of America’s New Gilded Age.

These edifices, known as the “supertalls,” are a class of buildings, anywhere in height between 984 feet and 1,968 feet. Anything taller is designated a “megatall,” and is prohibited in the U.S. by the Federal Aviation Administration.

They aren’t merely dizzyingly tall, but some of them are strikingly skinny as well. The project at 111 West 57th Street is 1,350 feet, but a mere 42 feet across. With an aspect ratio of 1:23—that’s the ratio of the length to the width—it’s like a needle.

Can they go any higher? They can. But that’d require something that no U.S. city has in abundance: land available for development. The taller the building, the broader the base needed to support it.

Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will soar 3,280 feet into the air.
Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower will soar 3,280 feet into the air.

h/t: THE ATLANTIC

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