Remember a few weeks ago when the tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue (69th Street) was about to be the tallest building on the Upper West Side at 668 feet? Well, it’s already been eclipsed, at least theoretically.
Extell Development plans to build a 775-foot tower at 50 West 66th Street, which was formerly the site of Congregation Habonim synagogue. There will be a synagogue at the base of the building. The new building has a gold tint and is expected to include 127 condo apartments, according to Curbed.
Unless we’re missing something, this appears to be a distinct change from the last drawings released for this site, which were considerably shorter. Preservationist Group Landmark West has been raising alarms about this site for months. In an August email the group warned that a building there “will not only steal light and air from neighbors but cast significant shadows across public assets.”
The architecture firm says the new building “sensitively respond[s] to its context.”
“Snøhetta is leading the design of the new residences at 50 West 66th Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Embracing features found in the neighborhood, the design reveals its base, body, and crown in contemporary terms. The striking geometry expands New York City’s rich legacy of tower design while embodying an identity formed by human scale at the street. Situated at the heart of the neighborhood’s cultural core, steps from Lincoln Center to the west and Central Park to the east, the building will join the neighborhood, sensitively responding to its context and referencing the area’s architectural character with a natural palette of refined materials.”
Images by Binyan Studios.