Mark Foster Gage's Dramatic West 57th Supertall
The ornately carved luxury building would stand in stark contrast to "tall boxes" of other residential skyscrapers.
Mark Foster Gage Architects has released renderings of a 102-floor luxury residential building at 41 West 57th Street in Manhattan.
The supertall skyscraper would loom over Central Park with a sculptural facade of limestone-tinted concrete panels, hydroformed sheet bronze, and brass extrusions. Each unit would have its own ornate balcony; the 64th floor would house a two-story ballroom, a restaurant, retail spaces, a lobby, and four cantilevered balconies.
Internally dubbed "Khaleesi" (a name referencing a character called the “mother of dragons” on the fantasy television program Game of Thrones), the structure has also been nicknamed “Michelangelo tower” for its dramatic skin, which would be carved using computer numerically controlled technology.
The tower’s design would stand in stark contrast to other supertall buildings in New York that the architect describes as “tall boxes covered in a selected glass curtain wall products.”
“Boxes clad in steel and glass are so last century,” Gage says. “Computers and robotics are giving architects access to levels of complexity and more sculptural forms and details we haven't had in centuries—and my office is hopefully leading the march into these more detailed, complex, and beautiful territories of the 21st century.”
Gage, assistant dean at the Yale University School of Architecture, founded his eponymous firm in 2014 after practicing as founding partner of Gage / Clemenceau Architects from 2001 to 2013.
Rendering video of 41 W 57th, courtesy Mark Foster Gage Architects