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!

Views Kiss the Sky at 30 Park Place

30 Park PlaceLocated in Tribeca, Manhattan, New York City, 30 Park Place is a mixed-use tower containing the Four Seasons Private Residences and the Four Seasons Hotel.

At 937 feet and 82 stories, this all brick, modern facade towers over its next door neighbor, the 60 story Woolworth Building and is now the tallest residential building Downtown Manhattan. There are 157 residences, ranging from one to six bedrooms and 185 rooms  in the hotel. Rental apartments start at $19,995 per month

Being one of the tallest skyscraper in the lower Manhattan, the Four Seasons Resorts and Hotel is the ultimate showpiece of luxury real estate. Having all contemporary amenities, personalized services, lavish furnishings and amazing show stopping views, 30 Park Place has won the hearts of many visitors.

Views Kiss the Sky – 360 Degree Views

The building offers extensive and sweeping 360 degree views of New York City.  West to the Hudson River, South to the New York Harbor, East toward the East River and North towards the Midtown skyline.

The office/residential skyscraper provides apartments that  offers incredible and beautiful 360 degree views of Manhattan from its huge wraparound bay windows and cantilevered glass balconies. The tower is designed by Robert A.M Stern, offering an entirely new paradigm for luxurious living. The views from the building really determine that the tower is in the stature of the sky.


The Four Seasons resorts and hotels earn the deep respect, loyalty and appreciation of the guests. This amazing service comes to life in the residences of 30 Park Place. The most welcoming and gracious residences with multiple exposures, soaring ceilings and warm details add more exclusiveness to the character of exquisite homes.

Along with the inspiring interior, the kitchen has a spectacular view with solid white oak cabinetry by Bilotta, Colorado and a white marble backsplash and countertops. The bathrooms of the residence include the best of the amenities. These residences have duplex penthouses too which have a fireplace, a gracious terrace and a double height living room with amazing and dramatic views of water.

Extraordinary Amenities

30 Park Place has handsomely appointed amenities serving as an extension to your home adjacent to steam rooms, pools and a luxurious Four Seasons spa. The spa and salon facilities have a full range of nourishing and relaxing treatments. In addition to the spa, the residence also provides the finest restaurants and eateries inside the residence for your comfort.

Additionally, fitness conscious visitors can enjoy doing yoga in the glass walled yoga studio with incredible views of Manhattan from the top. If you have children, the children’s playroom can keep them busy while you are enjoying the views from the tower. Also, if you wish to have dinner in private with your family members or friends, then you can privately dine in with them under the decorative ceiling and your private waiters from the catering kitchen.

Visitors who have experienced staying in the 30 Park Place have had a great experience and wish to go there again.

So, when are you planning to experience a day in life at 30 Park Place?

Tokyo Sky Tree – The Tallest Building in Japan

Tokyo Sky Tree BuildingThe Tokyo Sky Tree is a radio and television tower that is a symbol of the Japanese capital by being the tallest attraction and building in Japan. Having a height of 634 meters, it has become the 2
nd tallest structure and skyscraper in the world. There is also a very large shopping center with an aquarium in it. More than hundred architects and engineers have worked hard to create this tallest building in Japan.

This tower is surrounded by the traditional downtown areas of Mukojima and Asakusa and is a key rail transport for buses. Several streets converge towards the focal point perpendicular to the axis where the tower lies. It basically invites people to come along these streets with those 3-doored designed.

Original Concept

The tower was built by engineers and architects keeping three things in mind. Firstly, the tower would have a futuristic design outlying the traditional beauty of Japan. Secondly, it will serve as a security contributing to disaster prevention. Lastly, it was a means for revitalizing and renewing the city of Japan. Each side of the Sky Tree is an equilateral triangle which measures approximately 68 meters.


The tower is primarily designed to transmit radio waves for the broadcast of a new generation of ground wave television. Thai being said, this tower has also served as the symbol of renewal of the city of Japan and not to forget, the protection of the cultural tradition.


As mentioned above, on the base of the Sky Tree, this tallest building in Japan has the largest shopping center in Tokyo which is called as the Tokyo Solamachi. It has more than 300 shops, entertainment facilities and restaurants, namely the Sumida Suizokukan and the Samui Aquarium. These entertainment facilities and restaurants are located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Tokyo Solamachi Mall. Having a modest size and really good designs, the aquarium is home to 10,000 sea creatures. Wouldn’t you like visiting it at least once if you are in vicinity?

Additionally, the tower has a public area and an observation platform too. The Tembo Deck, with a capacity of more than 2,000 people, has excellent views, extending up to 3 levels. The upper floor has really large windows offering some of the best panoramic views of Japan. Also, the middle floor has a restaurant, namely the Musashi Sky, and a gift shop which serves French-Japanese fusion. The ground floor has glass panels in the floor and a café providing you amazing and delicious types of food and Japanese dishes.

Furthermore, the Tembo Gallery connects the Tembo Deck and is the world’s highest bridge. This gallery features a spiraling and sloping ramp which flows through the tower. The visitors enjoy the dizzying heights of the tower.

If you are in the vicinity, you should definitely give a try visiting this second largest tower in the world and tallest tower in Japan.

The Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai TowerThe rise of the skyscraper in this early part of the 21st century is so dynamic, one day it is a building in the UAE claiming to be one of the tallest and the next day, one comes along in China that tops it out.

A prime example is the Shanghai Tower. A super tall mega skyscraper reaching 2,073 ft and 128 floors. Shanghai is a bustling city of 14 million people, with it financial district being the heart of the city. Within this neighborhood is the Shanghai World Financial Tower, the Jim Mao Tower and the Shanghai Tower. All within two blocks of each other and all rising above 100 stories.

The Shanghai Tower has a floor area of 4,090,000 sq ft. It has been designed for green, high energy efficiency and provides provides separate zones for office and retail space.

Chinese architect Jun Xia designed the building in coordination with the American architectural firm Gensler.

Kudos to these architects who considered aesthetics in the design of this building. Compared to New York’s  432 Park Ave which has no aesthetic value at all, the Shanghai Tower’s facade appears to illuminate the skyline, even during the day.

The skyscraper actually contains nine cylindrical buildings which are stacked atop each other surrounded by an inner glass facade.  On the exterior, the Shanghai Tower has a glass layer, which twists as it rises to the top.  A very respective design for a skyscraper of the 21st century.  Inside, there are nine sections. Each section has its own atrium with gardens, cafes, restaurants and retail space.

The Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, only to be topped out by the Ping An Finance Center Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, when it is completed. As mentioned, tall buildings have taken a new dynamic and hence, the 21st century skyscraper race is on.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa SkyscraperAt over 2,716 feet and more than 160 stories, the behemoth known as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the tallest man made structure in the world.

Located in the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the construction for the building started in January 2004 and was completed in December 2009. It was part of the new 490 acre development called Downtown Dubai, along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s business district.

The Burj Khalifa is the pinnacle of skyscraper engineering. Designed by the American Architectural Firm Skidmore, Owings and Merill of Chicago, who also designed the Willis Tower in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City. The chief architect was Adrian Smith and the chief structural engineer was Bill Baker. Because of advancements in structural engineering, using tubular design, the Burj Khalifa actually uses half the steel that was used in the Empire State Building‘s construction. This bundled tube design was invented by Fazlur Khan, who first applied this technique to the Willis Tower. The construction was done by Samsung Engineering & Construction of South Korea that worked on (what was once) the second tallest man made structure in the world, the Taipei Tower.

The exoskeleton of the Burj was designed to withstand high winds. Highly advanced aerodynamics were used. With tall buildings, air rushes around them and forms mini tornadoes called vortexes. In order to fight the wind, the architects decided to instead deceive the wind. This is why the tower has such a unique shape. Each side of the building is designed to deflect wind in a different way thereby disrupting the vortexes that form. The spiral look of the Burj was purposely added to the design because of its roots in Islamic architecture and incorporates cultural and historical elements.

The inside of the Burj is just as impressive as its outside. It houses the famed Armani Hotel, sky lobbies, swimming pools, 900 residential units that sold out within 8 hours of being on the market, and over 1,000 pieces of art adorn the interior of the Burj Khalifa. You can admire its beauty in the 2011 movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol that filmed many scenes inside the tower. Remarkable, visionary, and a record maker, the Burj Khalifa marks the beginning of a neo-futuristic era in architecture that just a few decades ago was a thing of science fiction.

30 Hudson Yards

30 Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards Observation Deck image rendering

A new futuristic super tower will rise on 10th Avenue and West 33th Street. The tower’s official address is 532-560 West 33rd Street and will be next to Hudson Yard’s public square. 30 Hudson Yards will be the tallest residential tower in the development. It is expected to be home to 125,000 residents, visitors, and workers.

Construction for the 1,268 foot, 92 story super hi-rise began in 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The tower will be a mixed use building, with six floors of office space followed by 217 hotel rooms and 135 condominiums on the upper 36 floors.

A new observation deck will adorn the New York City skyline. At the 75th floor it will be 1,100 feet above ground, with a 360-degree view of the city. In comparison, the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor observation deck is at the 1,050 foot point, but it will not beat the 1,300 foot observatory at One World Trade Center. Nevertheless, New York City will have four observatories: 30 Hudson, Empire State, Freedom Tower and 30 Rock. With four observatories, each a good distance from the other, will no doubt help bring additional money to the city.

30 Hudson was designed by David Childs of architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The same firm was responsible for the construction of One World Trade Center, Staten Island’s Energy School P.S. 62 and the John Hancock Center in Chicago to name a few.

10 Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards
Artists View of the Hi-Line integrating with 10 Hudson Yards

The first skyscraper to be topped out within the massive Hudson Yards development. Located on the most southern point of the complex, it is an 878 foot, 52 story office tower, with some retail space at the bottom, but is adjacent and connected to the large retail complex currently being constructed.

Entrances to the building will be along 10th Ave. and also above 10 Ave., along the High Line Park, which is harmoniously integrated into the tower.

Pisa has come to New York!

Also called the South Tower or Tower C, the all glass structure is a futuristic looking building, as it appears slanted towards the east side. A much welcome architecture that escapes the straight up and down office towers that fill many of Manhattan’s streets. The building, along with its partner towers in the complex almost put to shame such ‘pencil’ looking buildings as 432 Park Ave.

10 Hudson Yards is a column free office building with floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of the tenants will be L’Oreal and Coach. It was designed by Ken Pederson Associates and has LEED Gold certification. The building has storm proof construction throughout, a thermal micro-grid, advanced lighting controls and a central chilled water distribution plant.

Hudson Yards – A Welcome Development on Manhattan’s West Side

Hudson Yards
One might wonder why there has been never been any tall buildings constructed below 34th Street, with the one exception of course – the Wall Street area. Well, wonder no more. A magnificent project of unmatched proportions, consisting of office buildings, apartments, hotels, retail stores and parks is about to rise on Manhattan’s west side. Located in the Chelsea district, it is called the Hudson Yards.

This urban renewal project will result in the largest private real estate development in history and the largest building complex since Rockefeller Center. The project will be developed by Related Companies, a leading real estate firm and Oxford Properties, a prominent development company. The planning, funding and construction will be jointly carried out by the City of New York, the State of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

To understand the significance of the Hudson Yards development, we can look at the map below and see that it extends from 30th Street on the south to 34th Street on the north and from 10th Ave. on the East to the West Side Highway on the west.

Map of the Building Locations at the Hudson Yards

The #7 line has been extended from Times Square to its new stop at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, appropriately called Hudson Yards Station. In 2013, the New Jersey Assembly passed Resolution 168 that supports an additional extension of the 7 train into Hoboken and Secaucus. This will be the first time a New York City subway line will cross into another city and more significantly, into another state. When completed, it will be a most convenient time saver for New Jersey residents who commute into Manhattan, as well as provide a direct line into Times Square and Grand Central.

The buildings willl feature heat mapping to track crowds and energy usage, as well as contain sensors to collect data about noise levels, energy and water usage. Organic and solid waste collection and recycling will use 45 mile per hour pneumatic tubes installed by Envac, so garbage trucks will not need to be used. New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress is also designing the infrastructure with Hudson Yard’s developers. Adaptable technology will be designed so updates to the infrastructure can be performed as new technological advances materialize.

The first phase is due to be completed between 2015 and 2018. It includes the opening of several office towers, the 878 foot, 52 story South Tower at 10 Hudson Yards and the 1,268 foot tall, 92 story North Tower at 30 Hudson Yards. The building is expected to be fully occupied by 2018. The tower will be the new home to HBO, CNN, Warner Bros., Time Warner, and Wells Fargo Securities, and will consist of retail stores and restaurants. The building was designed by Bill Pederson of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and it has been certified to be LEED gold. In the center of it all will be the 1,009 foot Office/Hotel/Condo Tower, labeled 35 Hudson Yards.

A total of 17 million Square of space has been allocated for this mega project and will include 14 acres of open space. #10 and #15 Hudson Yards will directly connect to the famous Hi-Line park, which now runs along 10th Ave. and has been extended to wrap around the Yards. Below the buildings are the 30 active train tracks. They will be covered by a massive platform that will hold the three towers, the retail complex and the a six-acre public square.

We hope that the Hudson Yards will be the first of many new developments and will be an inspiration for other developers to consider building new and even more thought-provoking architecture in Manhattan’s underdeveloped regions.