One57: One of NYC’s Most Expensive Apartment Buildings

One 57 Apartment BuildingNicknamed ‘the billionaire building’ and sits along ‘billionaire’s row, it was formerly known as Carnegie 57. Now is its best known as ‘One57’ and resides within the category of one the most expensive condominium apartment buildings in New York City.

The building stands 1,004 feet high and 75 floors, which also makes it one of the tallest buildings in NYC (Although new construction will soon move this title down the ladder).

One57 can be gauged by the fact that many NYC billionaires consider the penthouse apartments of the building as a trophy. It was built by Extell Development, who also is building the Central Park Tower (aka: Norstrom Tower). Architect Christian de Portzamparc has designed the building which encompasses 92 apartments. Thomas Juul-Hansen has designed the interior of each apartment.

One 57 offers a number of luxury amenities including an indoor pool, a full-catering kitchen, a library and lounge area, concierge service, a performance room, 24-hour doorman service, a private dining room, on-site parking and a private fitness center. Additionally, residents of One57 have access to the amenities of the hotel which includes catering, housekeeping and room services.

In early 2015, one of the One57 penthouses sold for an astounding $100.5 million and in doing so, broke all NYC records. The penthouse that was sold was the first ever condominium in NYC to sell for over $100 million.

Even though One57 is a luxurious apartment building, it does feature apartments meant for people other than billionaires. Compared to the penthouses, the turnkey apartments of One57 are much more affordable. These apartments are located on the 32nd to 39th floors and are fully furnished with linens and appliances. The turnkey apartments include 38 different residences which vary in terms of size. The residences include rooms fit for a family of four as well as rooms meant for a single occupant. However, regardless of size, all turnkey apartments are fully furnished.

Ensuring unobstructed views of NYC, all 92 units of One57 have floor to ceiling windows. The cheapest apartment of One 57, is priced at $5.25 million, which is significantly less than what other apartments in the building cost. Even though it comes cheap, this apartment still features two bedrooms and a huge bathroom.

To the north of the building is the iconic Central Park while the bustling Midtown Manhattan lies on its southern side. For many people, the full-catering kitchen of the One57 apartments is a major attraction as it comes with everything you’d want in a kitchen including sheets, towels, glassware, pots, and pans etc.

If you’re a cinemagoer, then you’ll absolutely love living in the One57. It features a private screening room which can be reserved for any occasion. Furthermore, you can spend time at the library and lounge area which provides books and a pool table. In order to ensure the best gym experience for residents, the private fitness center is equipped with all the latest fitness gear and machines. One 57 is probably the most sought-after building in New York and for this reason alone it’s an important part of NYC’s skyline!

Three World Trade Center: The Reincarnation of the Twin Towers

Architect Richard Rogers is tasked with bringing the twin towers back to life. Gladly obliging to the cause, Rogers has his heart and mind set on reincarnating the twin towers. The name given to this reincarnation project is 3 WTC. 3 WTC is an under construction in Lower Manhattan, NYC. The site of the building is just across the street from where the twin towers stood strong for many years. In a way, 3 WTC is a tribute to the people who lost their lives on September 11th 2001.

Apart from being a reincarnation of the twin towers, 3 WTC seeks to become the perfect NYC abode for visitors and residents. The builders of the the skyscraper are aiming to develop a building which is both attractive and strong. Once complete, 3 WTC will stand 1240 feet high which means that it’ll be the third tallest building in New York City. Fully integrated and fundamentally linked into its surrounding, 3 WTC is set to be a major attraction of NYC’s financial district. The building is designed in a manner which will allow it to seamlessly integrate into the streetscape of the Downtown and will have a direct path to eleven subway lines and the path trains.

With a visible and exposed structure, the design of the 3 WTC will stand tall at the new WTC center. The diamond shaped bracing load sharing system is what defines the 3 WTC. This system helps to articulate the east-west configuration of the building which in turn ensures unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of NYC. You may call 3 WTC as a model of sustainability and transparency. Garbed in an external structural steel frame, it comprises a reinforced concrete core. In order to ensure an open workspace environment, the four corners of the tower as well as each of its floors have a column free plate. Furthermore, it has floor to ceiling glass. Once completed, an LEED-certified Gold office tower is what the 3 WTC will be.

The building is expected to be completed by early 2018 and will have a total of eighty floors. It is set to have about 175,517 square feet of rental space. Furthermore, it’ll feature a 62 foot high office lobby, five floors of retail and an extremely modern fire safety systems. From the window of the high lobby of the 3 WTC, residents and visitors will be able to get a great view of  Memorial Park. Creating a strong bond with the adjacent WTC memorial gardens, this supertall skyscraper will be an important new addition to the NYC skyline.

The site of the 3 WTC is in a busy place: it is right opposite to the World Trade Memorial and Cultural Center and a cluster of skyscrapers surround it. Regardless of the hustle and bustle, 3 WTC is almost certain to attract a whole host of people. After all, it will be a reincarnation of the mighty twin towers!

Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago

Trump_International_Hotel_and_TowerThis famous, relatively new structure is now one of tallest in Chicago. A modern building of contemporary design and all glass facade adds to the already famous skyline of Chicago. The building was named after the real estate developer, Donald Trump and was designed by Owings and Merrill and Adrian Smith of Skidmore.

It stands at a height of 1,389 feet and 98 stories and contains 486 luxury residential condos. The building has 2,600 million square feet of flooring, with suites and penthouses that consist of 4-5 bedrooms. In addition, the structure has a luxury hotel condo with 339 guest rooms. The building includes a retail space, a hotel and condominium, a parking garage and a room hotel opened for businesses with services and limited accommodations.

The Modern Architectural Design

Besides its admirable aesthetics, the building contains setbacks that provide a visual cohesion with the surrounding skyline, aligning the setbacks with the heights of the nearby buildings. The first setback aligns with Wrigley Building, the second one aligns with the River Plaza and the last one aligns with the Wabash building. 


Until 2007, the plan for the Trump Tower included the construction of hotels. However, it was delayed until 2008 due to some issues. But later, guest rooms were opened on 4 floors and soon, it was built up to the 53rd floor. Including all the amenities, the grand opening of the hotel was scheduled to be held in April 2008. A reporter praised the hotel for its contemporary amenities and look, along with the stunning views.


A restaurant, named as Sixteen, was opened in 2008 with a terrace outside named as Trump. The eatery had several different types of cuisines, decoration, architecture, locations and astounding views.  The most attractive part of these restaurants is the 30 foot dome-shaped ceiling made up of West African wood. Furnished with Swarovski chandeliers, the diners can enjoy the beautiful experience of the view.


The Spa at Trump Tower provides gemstone-infused hydrated masques, oil massages and exfoliating salts showers. It also features a health club with an indoor pool, a private couple treatment suite, treatments rooms, saunas and a Swiss shower. A reporter also reported about the positivity in terms of ambiance of the spa and its treatment.

If you also want to enjoy and see the modern architecture in Chicago, do visit the Trump Tower if you are in vicinity. Even though it may result in you spending a significant amount of your hard earned money, the resulting experience will surely make it worth it. Enjoy!

Shard Tower

Shard Tower London
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For over a hundreds of years, there was a zoning law in London where no structure would be allowed to surpass the height of St. Pauls’s Cathedral, which is located on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of London. it was the tallest from building in London from 1710 to 1962.

Now, this zoning law has been dropped and London has awakened to the 21st century design trend of skyscraper building. One of these is the giant,Shard-Towerjutting shard of glass in the skyline called the Shard Tower, formerly London Bridge Tower.

This 95-story skyscraper located in Southwark, London is the tallest building in the European Union. Designed in neo-futuristic style by architect Renzo Piano, construction began in March 2009 and was completed in July 2012. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors with a viewing gallery and an outdoor observation deck on the 72nd floor.

The Shard stands at 1,004 feet. Piano was inspired by railway lines, London spires depicted by 18th century Venetian painter Canaletto, and the masts of sailing ships. The Shard was designed to be energy efficient, as most modern-day skyscrapers. It’s fitted with a combined heat and power plant that operates on natural gas from the National Grid. Fuel is converted to electricity and heat is recovered from the engine to provide hot water for the building.

After the destruction of World Trade Center on September 11th, architects and structural engineers around the world began re-evaluating the design of tall structures. The Shard’s initial conceptual designs were the first in the UK to be changed following the publication of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology report into the collapse of the WTC. The Shard is designed to be stable under very severe conditions with its post-tensioned concrete and composite floors, load-bearing pillars and a tapering shape that gives it a sway tolerance of 16 inches.

The Shard is currently home to the highest champagne bar in the UK as well as home to the luxury hotel Shangri-La. There have also been many brave souls that BASE jumped and parachuted off the tower. This brilliant piece of architecture is not one to miss next time you find yourself in London.