Central Park Tower
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The podium features a new department store, characterized with an undulating curved glass façade that brings prominence to the flagship store. The 225,000-sf space occupies seven retail floors, including an upper-level mechanical floor and a below-grade retail back-of house floor. The tower is also rich with amenities. Functional spaces include onsite daycare facilities, dry cleaning, storage lockers, and bike storage. Entertainment spaces include lounges, pools, spa areas, landscaped terraces, and the “Central Park Club” with 50,000 sf of amenities across three floors, including a residents’ lounge with billiards, a cigar bar, and screening room. The showpiece is a 15,000-sf outdoor terrace with a pool, cabanas, a bar, a screening wall, and an outdoor children’s playground. A major design feature is the building’s cantilever, which occurs 290 feet above grade and slips the body of the tower east for more spacious units with better views. Studies were done to ensure that the cantilever enhances the standard and quality of light for the Arts Student League next door, as skylights that bring non-glare diffuse light into their space, would remain and be very sensitive to light pollution.