American Skyscraper Buildings: US Tower Designs

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American Skyscraper Designs : Architecture

Key American Tower Developments – Tall Buildings in the USA

US Skyscraper Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of US Skyscraper Buildings. We aim to include tower buildings / projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed US Skyscraper buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across the United States of America. The focus is on contemporary US towers but information on older buildings in the USA is also welcome.

We have 3 pages of American Skyscraper Building selections with links to many individual project pages.

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US Skyscraper Building News

432 Park Avenue Tower, New York – 28 May 2013
Design: Rafael Viñoly
Building to Become the Tallest Residential Tower in the Western Hemisphere
432 Park Avenue Tower New York
image © dbox for CIM Group & Macklowe Properties
The landmark 432 Park Avenue project has achieved nearly US$1 billion in sales. Buyers are predominantly from the US with others from South America, the Middle East, UK, China and Russia. With an expected completion in 2015 the 1,396-foot tower designed by Rafael Viñoly will become the tallest building in New York City and the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.

Skyscraper Award News
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street wins the Emporis Skyscraper Award
Rippling Building
photo : Gehry Photos
Emporis Skyscraper Award
The results of the Emporis Skyscraper Award are now in: New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street in New York City is the winner of the renowned architecture prize for new skyscrapers. The winners were chosen from over 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011. 8 Spruce Street, the first skyscraper by the architect Frank Gehry, and also known as New York by Gehry, won over the jury with its magnificent undulating stainless steel facade.

50 United Nations Plaza, New York – Ground-raising ceremony news
Design: Foster + Partners
50 United Nations Plaza New York
image : Foster + Partners

50 United Nations Plaza – 14 Nov 2012
Construction is underway on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States. Developed by Zeckendorf Development with Global Holdings, the 44-storey luxury apartment tower occupies a prestigious location within the green setting of United Nations Plaza, with views of the celebrated modernist UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

425 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Foster + Partners wins competition for new tower
425 Park Avenue New York
image : dbox / Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue – 3 Oct + 11 Jul 2012
Shortlisted Architects
Four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms are participating this week in the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan:
Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster)
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers)
OMA (Rem Koolhaas)
Zaha Hadid Architects

MoMA Tower New York, NY
Jean Nouvel
MoMA Tower New York
picture © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

This bold sakyscraper design will rise 75 stories from the 17,000-square-foot-site between 53rd and 54th streets. Currently, a mix of uses is contemplated for the building including: a 50,000-square-foot expansion of MoMA’s galleries (levels two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 120 highest-end residential condominiums on the upper floors. The architects’ design maximizes the site while considering the city’s zoning envelope. The proposed building’s unique silhouette tapers as it rises to a distinctive spire. Its steel and glass façade reveals the diagrid structural design.

American Skyscraper Buildings

Classic Skyscraper Designs in the USA, alphabetical:

Chrysler Building, New York
1930
William Van Alen, Architect
Chrysler Building

Empire State Building, New York
1931
Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, Architects
Empire State Building
photo © Andrew McRae

Empire State New York Building

Flatiron Building, New York
1902
Daniel Burnham, Architect

John Hancock Center – ‘Big John’, Chicago
1970
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – SOM
John Hancock Center : famous Chicago landmark
344m high ; 459 m high including antennae

John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
1976
I.M. Pei and Partners
John Hancock Tower : tallest New England building

860-880 Lake Shore Drive Renovation
Krueck & Sexton, Architects
860-880 Lake Shore Drive Chicago
photo : William Zbaren

Lake Shore Drive Towers

Lever Building, New York
1952
Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) Architects
Lever Building

Rockefeller Center, New York
1940
Raymond Hood, Architect
Rockefeller Center
picture © Andrew McRae

Rockefeller Center New York

Seagram Building 375 Park Avenue, New York
1958
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect; Philip Johnson
Seagram Building

Sears Tower, Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois
1973
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sears Tower

World Trade Center – site, New York
1973; destroyed 2001
Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth & Sons
World Trade Center building

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