This new upside-down skyscraper will be one of the tallest buildings in New York City
It’s only a proposal for now, but it surely looks striking.
Dubbed the Affirmation Tower, this upside-down skyscraper was designed by Adjaye Associates and submitted by developer Peebles Corporation to the Empire State Development Corporation as a potential construction on Site K, a 1. 2 acre state-owned just one block from Hudson Yards and the High Line, also close to the huge Javits Center.
We’ll have to wait and see if the design becomes a reality, but it’s worth noting that the project has the potential to become historic for a variety of reasons.
If approved as is, the Affirmation Tower would reach 1,663 feet tall, becoming the second-tallest building in all of Manhattan (at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center would still reign supreme).
But more importantly, the tower would actually be the first built by a team of mostly black developers, architects and builders — fitting, given that it would also become the headquarters of the Midtown Manhattan branch of the National Association for the Advancement. People of Color (NAACP).
Inclusion is clearly the name of the game, as the project partners have also decided to contract over 30% of the construction work to minority and female-owned contractors.
The proposed design is no coincidence either: according to Architectural Summary, Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind the project, is known for his eclectic style, but all of his choices make sense. The outlet explains that the floor-to-ceiling windows that are part of the structure actually sit within a milky-white terrazzo facade “whose shape mimics afro peaks, a subtle homage to black culture.”
Along with its clear social impact, the skyscraper will also house a new theater, a rooftop restaurant, an ice rink, a slew of office space, two separate hotels, and plenty of terraces overlooking the Hudson River.
Obviously, if the project were to go ahead, the Affirmation Tower would become a stunning addition to the west side of the city, both visually and culturally.