122
Global
Height rank
53 West 53
New York City
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

1
To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

320.1 m / 1,050 ft
2
Architectural:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

320.1 m / 1,050 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

271.3 m / 890 ft
1 2 3 53 West 53 Outline
Floors

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

77
Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
Height 320.07 m / 1,050 ft
Floors 77
Official Name

The current legal building name.

53 West 53
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

53W53, 53 West 53 Above MoMA, MoMA Expansion Tower, Tour de Verre
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2019
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
10019
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete
Official Website
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
320.07 m / 1,050 ft
To Tip
320.07 m / 1,050 ft
Occupied
271.27 m / 890 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

77
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

162
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

6
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

67,355 m² / 725,003 ft²
Rankings
#
122
Tallest in the World
#
17
Tallest in North America
#
17
Tallest in United States
#
9
Tallest in New York City
#
13
Tallest Residential Building in the World
#
3
Tallest Residential Building in North America
#
3
Tallest Residential Building in United States
#
3
Tallest Residential Building in New York City
#
37
Tallest Concrete Building in the World
#
5
Tallest Concrete Building in North America
#
5
Tallest Concrete Building in United States
#
3
Tallest Concrete Building in New York City
Construction Schedule
2006

Proposed

2015

Construction Start

2019

Completed

Owner/Developer
Architect
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
Contractor

Environmental

Geotechnical

Land Surveyor

Cladding

Façade Maintenance Equipment

Owner
Hines; Goldman Sachs; Pontiac Land Group
Developer
Architect
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
Contractor

Building Monitoring

Vidaris, Inc.

Energy Concept

Vidaris, Inc.

Environmental

Vidaris, Inc.

Geotechnical

Interiors

The Office of Thierry W Despont Ltd.

Land Surveyor

Landscape

Patrick Blanc

Marketing

Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group; Knightsbridge Strategies

Roofing

Vidaris, Inc.

Security

Kroll Inc

Sustainability

Vidaris, Inc.

Cladding

Concrete

Ferrara Brothers

Crane

Morrow Equipment Company

Façade Maintenance Equipment

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building 300-399 meters 2021 Award of Excellence

2021 CTBUH Awards

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2019


12 December 2019 - CTBUH Research

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers


22 August 2018 - CTBUH Research

Videos

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Research

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22 October 2015

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12 December 2019

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22 August 2018

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CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data study on the world's tallest buildings with dampers.

27 August 2015

Skin NY

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30 July 2015

The Current State of Slender Buildings in NYC

SHoP Architects welcomed a group of architects and engineers for a lively discussion and exchange of ideas about slender buildings.