SOM’s 12 West 57th Street awaits final demolition in Midtown, Manhattan


At number 21 of our year-end countdown is 12 West 57th Street, a 672-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and developed by Sheldon Solow of Solow Management Corp., which filed permits for the proposal in 2019, the tower will rise along the Billionaire Row between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 56th Avenues. and West 57th Streets. Before construction can begin, the two remaining structures occupying the land at 10-20 West 57th Street must first be demolished.

The renderings show the majority of lower floors assigned to a multi-story podium with split-level retail space facing West 57th Street. This entire part of the superstructure is clad in white marble, with the monolithic tower above covered in a uniform casing of floor-to-ceiling dark glass and metal panels.

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Below is a view of the ground floor of the main residential entrance on West 57th Street with an adjacent shallow pool containing a large abstract sculpture and a flat canopy suspended above the entrance gates and black cobblestones .

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

It also appears that the top of the podium has landscaping for an outdoor rooftop terrace.

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Retail signage will hang above four pairs of double doors surrounded by clear glass.

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The image below shows the south rear of the property with several landscaped setbacks and a smaller frontage than the opposite north profile.

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Render of 12 West 57th Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The two remaining occupants of the site straddle the leveled land, with the easternmost building directly adjacent to the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. Sidewalk scaffolding hangs above the ground floor, while businesses that once stood on the first level have disappeared. It is not known at this time when the demolition will end at the site.

12, 57th Street West. Photo by Michael Young

12, 57th Street West. Photo by Michael Young

12, 57th Street West. Photo by Michael Young

12, 57th Street West. Photo by Michael Young

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