Designed by the famed Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, it is the second building by Frenchman in New York City, the first being the Louis Vuitton tower further east on 57th street.

While the LMVH tower received numerous accolades from critics for its refined elegance, and was even stated to be the “best new building in New York” by the late Ada Louise Huxtable, his newer building at 157 West 57th is clearly less inspirational. Designed for international billionaires, the prized clients of Extell’s vast real estate empire, the building seems rather one dimensional, only striving for status by the virtue of height.