244m tall ‘130 William’ residential tower complete in New York

The project is described as a ‘vertical microcity’ and an ‘urban living room’

The ‘130 William’ tower has been completed in Manhattan, it has been announced. The 244m tall, 66-storey residential tower is Adjaye Associates’ first project in the United States.

According to Adjaye Associates the 450,000sqft development contains 242 residences, two retail floors, a health club, fitness centre, cinema, outdoor terraces, rooftop observatory deck, and new public plaza park. The firm describes the project as both a ‘vertical microcity’ and an ‘urban living room’.

The project’s design can be seen as a reaction “against the conventions of tall glass towers” more prevalent in modern cityscapes, the statement from the firm noted.

“Conceived as an urban living room, the public plaza park is fundamental to how one experiences 130 William. The plaza creates both a public amenity and a transitional moment between the bustle of the city and the respite of the private residences inside,” stated David Adjaye, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates.

He continued, “With its allée of trees, seating, and thematic continuation of the large-scaled arches, the plaza is really a gesture to the city and a critical facet of what makes this building unique.”

The firm notes that residents will enter the property through the park, which aims to offer respite from the city and the calm, private interior.

A hand-cast concrete façade is inspired by the masonry of lower Manhattan’s historic high-rises, while the tinted rough concrete texture is offset by smooth bronze detailing and punctuated by big arched windows, the statement concluded.

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