Nordstrom Tower Adds 20 Feet to Become the Tallest Building in NYC and Western Hemisphere

Posted On Mon, May 11, 2015 By

Posted On Mon, May 11, 2015 By In Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

Rendering of the tower at its new height by NY Yimby

One World Trade Center‘s claim to the title as the city’s tallest building could soon be nil. NY Yimby reports that the ultra-super-tall Nordstrom Tower at 217 West 57th Street has experienced a growth spurt that’s pushed its already jaw-dropping height from 1,775 to 1,795-feet. Though the addition of 20 feet seems insignificant for a skyscraper of such size, the consequences are not: The tower will now not only be the tallest building in the city (19 feet higher than 1 WTC) when completed, but also the tallest in the U.S. and the western hemisphere.

According to the Yimby, the tower’s plans were amended some time between April and June of last year. The new design—which doesn’t appear all that much different architecturally from the original created by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill—sees the building’s roof height stretched from just over 1,478-feet to 1,530 feet, with the spire bringing the entire structure to 1,795-feet.

Yimby does however report that these numbers are not set in stone. It’s not uncommon for developers to keep the height of their high-profile towers hush—the height of the Burj Khalifa, the Kingdom Tower (both Extell projects) and even the Chrysler buildings are cited as examples—and it is possible that the tower will grow further even though Department of Buildings (DOB) permits may indicate otherwise. Yimby adds, “DOB permits also do not account for anything above a building’s roof height, so even the final job application figures could leave out the actual pinnacle height.”

[Via NY Yimby]

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