snøhetta has revealed plans for a residential building to be built on manhattan’s upper west side. located at 50 west 66th street, in close proximity to lincoln center to the west and central park to the east, the tower comprises three distinct geometric components: the base, body, and crown. a shared amenity terrace — designed to create a sense of community among residents — is found at the building’s 16th floor, offering external views of the city, the hudson river, and central park.

snohetta 50 west 66th street
the development is located in close proximity to lincoln center and central park
image by binyan studios (also main image)



at street level, the building’s limestone podium features bronze and glass storefronts. the residential entrance is found to the north, while a similarly finished bronze and limestone façade identifies the entrance to a synagogue at 65th street. ’embracing features found in the neighborhood, the design reveals its base, body, and crown in contemporary terms,’ says snøhetta. ‘the striking geometry expands new york city’s rich legacy of tower design while embodying an identity formed by human scale at the street.’

snohetta 50 west 66th street
view of 65th street synagogue entrance
image by binyan studios



as the building rises, its bulk is reduced. above the 16th floor terrace, the design becomes more slender with the building’s opposing corners sliced away to create balconies. this ‘zipper of loggias’ runs the full length of the upper volume. elsewhere in new york, snøhetta has been commissioned to re-imagine 550 madison avenue, the 1980s postmodern tower designed by philip johnson. see the proposed plans on designboom here.

snohetta 50 west 66th street
façade detail of limestone and bronze mullions
image © snøhetta

snohetta 50 west 66th street
view of 66th Street residential entrance
image by binyan studios

snohetta 50 west 66th street
the tower comprises three distinct geometric components: the base, body, and crown
image by binyan studios

snohetta 50 west 66th street
concept diagram
image © snøhetta

snohetta 50 west 66th street
model, view north east
image © snøhetta

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