New York is becoming the home of the skinny supertower, with yet another example slated for construction.
The latest, located at 262 Fifth Avenue, has been designed by Moscow studio, Meganom and rises a breathtaking 305 metres into the Manhattan sky.
The trend for squeezing as much real estate into the smallest footprint has seen a number of other skinny towers planned and constructed in recent years, not to mention a few parodies of the controversial practice.
The narrow tower, rising from its spot near Madison Square Park, is wrapped in aluminium and glass and is topped by an elegantly bold metal arch over an observation deck.
Reminiscent of a skinny office block rather than a residential apartment tower, the building has been designed with a functional ‘spine’, leaving the living spaces unobstructed and column-free. In fact, the result is a tower of full-floor residences.
With space tightening in many of the world’s overcrowded capitals, the trend for making as much from a development as possible will no doubt become more prevalent and, as technology and construction techniques develop, this can only go one way – up.