rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphere
rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphere
may 28, 2013

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphere


rafael vinoly has designed a landmark skyscraper for the manhattan skyline with 432 park avenue, a 1,396 foot tall tower slated to become the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. while the official launch of the condominium sales occurred in march 2013, the project has already achieved over 1 billion USD in sales, boasting an international set of buyers investing in residences priced anywhere from 7 million USD to 95 million USD. the architect approached the monumental design for the forthcoming tallest building in new york city with graceful compactness in mind.

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphereall images © dbox for CIM group & macklowe properties



432 park avenue’s 96 storeys will be a glazed and concrete vision overlooking central park, the hudson and east rivers as well as the thick, richly diverse urban fabric of manhattan — all visible through 10 by 10 foot apertures. designed by rafael vinoly, the svelte exterior form belies the spacious plan; residences will include private elevator landings, eat-in kitchens, master suites and a plethora of fine finishes and optional additions. in the space-hungry eastern metropolis, future residents will enjoy 30000 square feet of amenities. renderings already show a miesian composition of glazed panes catching the impossible yellow-oranges and pinks of the east coast sunset. 432 park avenue is slated for completion in 2015.

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemispherethe site is optimally located among the greatest architectural and cultural offerings in the world

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemispherethe scale and slender form is distinguishable on the skyline — seen here from central park

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemispherethe miesian grid finds its glazed resonance in the urban space

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemispheremaster suite bathroom views

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphereliving spaces enjoy uninterrupted sight lines through 10 by 10 foot apertures

rafael vinoly's 432 park avenue to become the tallest building in the western hemisphereinterior spaces show a sophisticated material palette




  • why would anyone want to build this?
    why would anyone want to love it this?

    dinger says:
  • Relentless.

    caspar says:
  • beautiful. At least one nice skyscraper in New York…

    internautas says:
  • great.. just wath nyc needed! another fancy bathtub

    rex says:
  • sounds great and looks great from the inside but from the outside……..really – this has been “designed”? come on, is this really the best architecture? it looks like a stack of four dot duplo bricks that my 18 month old daughter used to make a “tower”. This is going to be the most boring building in New York – in the US – In the western hemisphere – in the world!

    al says:
  • The headline here should clarify — as the description itself does — that 432 Park will be the tallest RESIDENTIAL building, etc.

    John Lumea says:
  • Two questions: Why? and Why is it not beautiful?

    what? says:
  • Pretty sure that’s 54 feet shy of the Sears Tower’s height…

    Jerry says:
  • Ah, you said residential. Nevermind.

    Jerry says:
  • best skyscraper since a lot of time…
    perfect for NY

    marcos says:
  • Not the tallest building in the hemisphere (the Willis Tower is 1451 feet, not including the antenna), but an exciting addition to the skyline.

    desertmodern says:
  • 21st Century design at its best!!

    I absolutely love the way the interior designer has embraced all the classic iconic pieces creating a timeless interior!

    I hope to see more interiors in this building.

    Johnnie Autard says:
  • All I can say is WOW! And I live in DC, so of course I would be over stimulated just by the shear size of New York’s buildings alone, but this building is going to be heaven if you get the top floor. Money talks huh?

    david says:
  • Rigorously dull, thoroughly polished. A stunningly engineered columbarium for architectural and social aspirations.

    Canadian_National says:
  • A 1,400-foot boring concrete stick…. Another new blight on the New York City skyline.

    Hubris Amok says:
  • i don’t understand why people are up in arms about the exterior of 432 park. vinoly has presented an exterior that draws from the classical lines of contemporary buildings. it is not dazzling and attention-grabbing the way one57 is. it is remarkably subtle in its handling of beautiful crisp lines and proportions; the building is not simply a lego-build of a skyscraper.

    zack says:

    james says:
  • Congratulations to all involved. The tower is a sophisticated move against the towers of fashion and trend seen in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It proudly boasts itself as “the tallest building in the hemisphere”. Looks like its been there forever.

    David says:
  • Why? Can’t you see it? The proportions; the elegance; the slender grace (like a stalk’s); the vibrant, reiterative, and joyous rhythm on the scraper’s skin?
    Can’t you see Mondrian, van der Rohe, and Agnes Martin all applauding, serenely, from the beyond.
    It manages to be minimal and substantial at the same time, and becomes a monument to the grid on which it sits and which inspires its song of glass and stone.
    A palace both columnar in its massive beauty and severely minimal at the same time. The arrogant response of the XXI Century to the desperate humility of the sumptuous Escorial. It looks like the very basaltic soul of Manhattan has risen, in search of its of its buildings lost, and erected, in loving memory, an obelisk dreaming parallelepipedal dreams.
    To me, it is revelatory, because I see in it a lesson in restraint to every single other skyscraper on the planet; because, even though it pays homage to it, the building escapes the modern/international style, and it does so without any of the superfluous digressions of a Liebeskind, or a Philip Johnson (look at how proudly and poetically it raises its forehead next to the kitsch prose of the Sony Building), or without any of the corporate-inspired platitudes of a Foster or a David Childs.
    Yes it is a Xanadu for the ultra-rich, a celebration of all things unegalitarian, and perhaps even a wounding spear on the very bedrock which fancies itself the quarry of equality (and yet, you really can’t say that of the Upper East Side Schist floor, can you?)… but at least it’s democratic in its exterior beauty. And an homage to the spirit of our fair city by a great architect at the height of its subtle powers.

    Rara Avis says:
  • cool 8)

    mm says:
  • I want one near the top. Living there it would be hard not to feel you are king of the world if not the galaxy.

    mArkW says:
  • Just beautiful. I like the solid exterior with stylish interior. It will definitely have the best view of the NYC. Must be nice to take a bath and have that view.

    Bunny says:

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