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CitySpire Center

150 - 156 West 56th Street
New York City NY United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1987
Floor Count75
Floor Area77,107 m²
Units / Rooms339
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - office
 - parking garage
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - dome
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
Materials
 - glass
 - aluminium
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire814 ftCTBUH
Aluminium arches and spire
Top of concrete800 ftCTBUH
The height at which the R.C. frame terminates.

Description
• Companies: Cosentini Associates, Eichner Properties, GlassAlum International Corporation, GlassAlum International Corporation, Newmark Knight Frank, Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers P.C., Tishman Construction Corporation, Tishman Speyer Properties, Tower Realty Management Company.
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• 12th Tallest building in New York City.

• The building has 75 floors making it the 3rd Tallest Building in New York and 7th in the United States with Number of Floors. It was the 2nd tallest concrete skyscraper in the world when it was completed.

• Part of a dense cluster of very tall residential skyscrapers including the Face to face Metropolitan Tower and Carnegie Hall Tower and the Cityspire overlooking the two towers.

• The Metropolitian Tower and Carnegie hall Tower block most views of Central Park, but it is so tall it is highly visible from Central Park.

• Out of the Three Highrise towers the Carnegie Hall tower is the only full Residential Tower, the Metropolitan and Cityspire Towers both have offices on the bottom and residental on the top floors overlooking the city.

• The second tallest Reinforced Concrete building in the world when it was completed in 1989. It succeeded Metropolitan Tower as the tallest R.C. structure in NYC.

• The louvers in the dome lent themselves to whistling in high winds and in 1991 every other louver was removed to help silence this effect. Although the whistling has ceased, the building still displays large lateral movements (owing to it's slender N-S dimension) in high winds. These movements are enough to cause water to slosh around in a glass.

• The project developers purchased additional "air-rights" from it's neighbor the City Center Theatre allowing for an additional 26 stories to be incorporated.

• Upper the commercial use bottom 23 floors have luxury apartments which increase in size with the increase the height.

• At completion, complains of residents about a strange whistling noise from the tower caused by wind around its dome was solved.

• Tishman Speyer acquired this property in December 5, 2004, along with 11 other buildings, in a deal worth US$ 1.852 billion.

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Companies
Murphy/Jahn, Inc. Architects - Architect
  
  

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