Best Tall Building 200-299 meters Award of Excellence: 277 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Asaf Shuster
Senior Vice President
Victor Group, New York City

Charles Blomberg
Technical Director
Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York City

A Column-Free Interior Locks in Expansive Views

277 Fifth Avenue is located in NoMad (short for North of Madison Square Park), a vibrant Manhattan neighborhood that surrounds Madison Square Park. Retail space is allocated to the first two levels, followed by various amenities on the next two floors, including entertainment and gaming lounges, a private dining room, a fitness center, and a landscaped terrace along Fifth Avenue. The rest of the upper floors house condominiums, ranging from one to four bedrooms.

Transparency, glass, and expansive views are the defining characteristics of the building. Air rights to six surrounding sites were purchased to prevent construction of future high-rises that might block these views. Each residence was designed as a corner unit with at least two exposures, and many residences have three, four, or more exposures. Columns support the building only at the perimeter, to keep the interiors free from structural elements that might interrupt the layout of the rooms. A series of double-height, open-air loggias constitute one of the most distinguishing features of the building and serve a dual function. Seemingly carved out of the building, the loggias diminish the wind pressure and ensure the comfort of occupants during high wind events. They also provide an outdoor space for residents to relax and enjoy the stunning city views.

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