By Eleanor Pryor
Standing 426m high and comprising 96 storeys, the value of the skyscraper’s condominiums is proving to be a similarly tall order – prices range from $7m to $95m. Once the building has reached its completion – currently marked for 2015 – the lucky owners will not only be able to lay claim to one of the most sought-after positions in Manhattan, but literally unrivalled views of the city – and most probably halfway out to sea as well.
Designed by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly, the slimline building takes full advantage of its grand stature, at the core of its design being the expansive windows measuring 3 x 3m, creating majestic, high-ceilinged properties. ‘In New York’s ‘pre-War’ period, mostly in the Twenties and Thirties, there was a golden age of super luxury residential construction led by the architect Rosario Candela,’ explains Viñoly of his inspiration. ‘I am drawn to the opportunity of applying a similarly generous attitude to space and residential layout in order to create ultra-luxurious mansions high up in the sky.’
‘The lucky owners will not only be able to lay claim to one of the most sought-after positions in Manhattan, but literally unrivalled views of the city.’
And ultra-luxurious are certainly the bywords for these residences, which boast all the amenities you think of and more – from a pool and spa to a billiards room, library and performance venue. Far from wanting to be relegated to a mere symbol of humankind’s hubris and decadence, however – a trap that has befallen many a luxury tower block in the past – 432 Park Avenue has been put together with a more longstanding legacy in mind.
‘432 Park Avenue is designed from the inside out to express its quality without yoking its image to some passing architectural or aesthetic fad that will date the building the second it’s completed,’ says Viñoly. ‘Because of its tremendous height, it will make a significant contribution to the way the city is perceived and experienced on an urban and regional scale. And the impact on the iconic skyline will reverberate in the image of the city throughout the world.’
Viñoly asserts that the building is about New York for New York. ‘Time will tell if we’ve succeeded in creating a perennial addition to the city – like the Seagrams or the Empire State or the Woolworth – buildings that contribute as much to the future of the city as to its history and legacy.’