One World Trade Center’s reign at the top of New York City may come to an end as the canopy of the concrete jungle gets pushed higher and higher.
Nordstrom Tower, being built at 217 W 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, was previously planned to come up one foot short of the 1WTC, or the Freedom Tower, near the island’s southern tip.
One World Trade is currently the tallest building in the city and the Western Hemisphere, though that will change if the plans for its uptown neighbor are carried out and the new building reaches a staggering 1,795 feet.
Midtown Manhattan’s Nordstrom Tower (leftmost skyscraper) is now set to become the tallest building in New York and in the country after plans for its construction upped the height by 20 feet
Previous plans for the tower on 57th street showed the pinnacle reaching right below the 1776 feet at the top of One World Trade Center’s beacon
The final 19 feet would put the 57th street tower above the building that now stands at the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is 1,776 feet tall at the top of its beacon.
Nordstrom Tower’s developer Gary Barnett of Extell upped the height between April and June of last year, according to New York YIMBY.
Beyond the twenty feet added to its total height, new plans for the skyscraper see its parapet, the area below the pointed beacon, rise more than 50 feet to 1530 feet.
Concrete is already being poured for the project’s foundation, with completion expected in 2018.
Even at its staggering heights, the new midtown tower will not approach the title of tallest building in the world.
Dubai’s 163-floor Burj Khalifa stands at 2,717 feet, with Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower expected to reach 3284 feet, or 1001 meters, when it is completed later this decade.
The parapet for the new skyscraper, part of a rash of mega-tall construction in midtown Manhattan, will reach far above that on the Freedom Tower, which receives much of its height from its long spire
A report shows that the project, headed by developer Gary Barnett of Extell Development, changed its planned height last summer
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which designed the Kingdom Tower, is said to be involved in the Nordstrom Tower project.
It is expected to have a seven-floor Nordstrom’s department store when it is finished.
The building will also be the world’s tallest residential building and include luxury apartments.
The units could rival the $100million price tag for the penthouse at nearby skyscraper One57, according to 6sqft.
Critics of the spate of new skyscrapers being built in midtown Manhattan say they will cast shadows over Central Park.