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Rafael Viñoly   432 Park Avenue

World-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, reflects on the making and the design of 432 Park Avenue. The tallest residential building in the western hemisphere.

Viñoly’s unique new residential skyscraper rises to become a prominent feature of the New York City skyline from its site at the intersection of Park Avenue and East 57th Street. The building is a slender, un-encumbered volume that marks the geometric center of the skyline. It marks a new generation of supertall and superslim towers

432 Park Avenue is a residential skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City that overlooks Central Park. Originally proposed to be 1,300 feet (396.2 meters) in 2011, the structure topped out at 1,396 ft (425.5 m). It features 104 condominium apartments. Construction began in 2012 and was completed on December 23, 2015. The building has been maligned by some city residents who find it an eyesore and believe it represents New York's increasing cost of living and ostentatious wealth.

As completed, 432 Park Avenue is the third tallest building in the United States, and the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. It is the second tallest building in New York City, behind One World Trade Center, and ahead of the Empire State Building.

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly around what is described as "the purest geometric form: the square" the tower has eighty-four 8,255-square-foot (766.9 m2) stories, each with six 100-square-foot (9.3 m2) windows per face.
The first sale of apartment #35B was reported in January 2016 for $18.116 million, more than the $17.75 million asking price. Ten additional apartments were available at the time ranging from $17.4 to $44.25 million. #35B covers 4,000 square feet (370 m2), one half of the 35th floor of the tower, face south and west with views of Central Park.

Rafael Viñoly Beceiro (b 1944) is an Uruguayan architect. He is the principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects, which he founded in 1983 and has offices in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi and Buenos Aires.


CREDITS

Rafael Viñoly | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC Sept 2015
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync

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