See the interior of the skinniest skyscraper in the world

There’s a new skyscraper in New York, and architecture enthusiasts can’t wait to see it. And while New York City can be an unforgiving place to call home — the cost of living is notoriously high, square footage is precious, and traffic seems to be standing still — the Big Apple is one of the most beloved metropolises in the United States for a reason: the energy and the ambition are unparalleled. And one area where this appetite for boldness is particularly evident is its architecture, especially the bold structures that have exploded in recent years. From Summit One Vanderbilt with its 1,300-foot-tall observatory to the gravity-defying Sir David Adjaye-designed Affirmation Tower, the massive buildings are helping to redefine one of the world’s most famous skylines. And the recently opened residential skyscraper at 111 West 57th Street is shaking up Midtown in a big way. After all, it’s the skinniest tower in the world.

The new tower, now part of Steinway Hall, sits on the city’s famous Billionaire’s Row.

Photo: David Sunberg

Building such a vision, however, took work. With the collaborative effort of developers JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners; SHoP Architects, who designed the exterior; and architects AD100 Studio Sofield taking care of the interior architecture, 111 West 57th Street is like a landmark of impressive design. It is also the second tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, reaching a whopping 1,428 feet in height, including a 300-foot decorative steel crown.

Although the tall, slender tower is sure to be the first thing passers-by will see, 111 West 57th Street is actually a two-part building: the original Steinway Hall – the home Warren & Wetmore designed for the piano company Steinway & Sons – and the new skyscraper by SHoP Architects. Both, however, house sprawling residences. There are 14 in the historic 1925 building and 46 full-floor and duplex residences in the tower. Just last week, the developers announced the good news to residents, who had been anxiously awaiting their keys since the project was announced in 2013, that they could finally move into the building.