The world’s thinnest skyscraper is now complete – and its interiors are remarkable

Written by John Blake, CNN

contributors Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

The designers behind the world’s thinnest skyscraper have just given fans of ultra-luxe living an early Christmas present.

New York-based Studio Sofield has unveiled the interiors of the Steinway Tower, the newly constructed 1,428-foot tower overlooking Central Park. The announcement marks the completion of the opulent Midtown Manhattan landmark, built on a site once occupied by historic piano company Steinway & Sons.

The Steinway Tower reaches a height of 1,428 feet.

The Steinway Tower reaches a height of 1,428 feet. Recognition: David Sunberg

The 91-story skyscraper, also known as 111 West 57th Street, contains 46 full-floor and duplex apartments. Photos released by the designers this month show opulent lobbies adorned in limestone, marble, blackened steel and velvet, smoky solid oak floors and original artwork by Picasso and Matisse.

According to Studio Sofield, the interiors of the Steinway Tower were designed to evoke the grandeur of New York’s Golden Age, a time in the late 19th century when the city’s boulevards were lined with the stately mansions of robber barons like Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt were lined. It’s located on a midtown street full of gleaming towers that has become known as “Billionaire’s Row.”

The interiors were designed by William Sofield, the founder of Studio Sofield.

The interiors were designed by William Sofield, the founder of Studio Sofield. Recognition: Adrian Gaut

Studio Sofield founder William Sofield told CNN he wanted to give the tower a distinctive New York flair.

“We’ve all been in very luxurious places, but I wanted to create a building that couldn’t stand anywhere else in the world,” he said. “I know that so many people could have multiple houses that will have apartments here. And I wanted to create a very special experience that can only be had in New York.”

Sofield wanted to create an atmosphere that felt distinctly New York.

Sofield wanted to create an atmosphere that felt distinctly New York. Recognition: Adrian Gaut

A record performance

Elsewhere, the building’s interiors include an 82-foot swimming pool housed in a light-filled space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a row of Kentia palms. There’s also a modern take on New York’s legendary King Cole Bar, complete with an ornate balcony and custom gold and silver murals.

Other amenities include private dining rooms with a chef’s catering kitchen, a golf simulator and a landscaped patio.

The 82-foot swimming pool is decorated with gold leaf.

The 82-foot swimming pool is decorated with gold leaf. Recognition: Adrian Gaut

“I’m always very personal with my work,” Sofield said. “Take the swimming pool for example… I didn’t want it to feel like a normal swimming pool. It has wood paneling with great detailing and gold leaf detailing.

“It has a vaulted ceiling,” he added. “It has curtains… So it’s very different from any swimming pool you would find in New York.”

With a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, the Steinway Tower has been described by its developers as “the world’s slenderest skyscraper”. The tower’s facade is made of blocks of terracotta, a material that seems to change color and texture when viewed in different lights and from different angles.
Although as described by the developers "the slenderest skyscraper in the world," it contains 46 duplex residences.

Despite being dubbed “the world’s slenderest skyscraper” by developers, it contains 46 duplex residences. Recognition: Adrian Gaut

At 1,428 feet, it’s also one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, just ahead of two others in New York City: the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center and the 1,550-foot Central Park Tower.

Super slender skyscrapers, also known as pencil towers, became prominent features of the Hong Kong skyline in the 1970s. Since then, big cities like New York have followed suit.

Prices for apartments in the Manhattan skyscraper, developed by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, range from $7.75 million to $66 million.

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