Álvaro Siza’s first building in the U.S. completed

The Portuguese architect revelas its first project in the United States, a skyscraper in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

The 1992 Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza showed the 450-foot-tall residential tower on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, between Riverside Park and Central Park.

The tower rises from a thicker base, with a 53-foot high windowless block. According with Siza iconic style, the building is clad entirely in Perla Bianca limestone, chosen to create a contrast with other towers in the area, with dark or mostly glass facades. The white facade – sober and regular – is punctuated by over-sized windows, which provide views of Manhattan and over the Hudson River.

The 35-storey building houses residences ranging from one to four bedrooms including “maisonettes" and a grand penthouse. The interiors were designed by New York studio Gabellini Sheppard Associates.

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