The tallest building designed by a Russian architecture firm for the US, which will hold apartments like “shelves in the air”, has gained planning approval. Moscow-based Meganom received the go-ahead to build the 262 Fifth Avenue tower in New York’s Nomad district from the city’s Department of Buildings yesterday.
First unveiled earlier this year, the skinny skyscraper will reach 1,009 feet (307.5 metres) tall and be topped with an observation deck. It will be the neighbourhood’s first supertall – between 984 feet (300 metres) and 1,969 feet (600 metres) – but one of many with similarly svelte proportions either completed or under construction in the city.
The building’s structure is unique. Its lift and mechanical systems will occupy a core volume on the western side, which a stack of column-free living spaces will be anchored to like shelves. Each of the units will measure approximately 47 by 52 feet (approximately 14.3 by 16.1 metres), with 16-foot (4.8-metre) slab-to-slab height and huge windows on the northern and southern facades.
Residents will be able to choose the size of their apartments. They can purchase full floors, in multiples, and portions of levels depending on how much space they require. Work is already underway on 262 Fifth Avenue. Two empty structures on the plot between 260 and 264 Fifth Avenue have already been demolished.
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