Recently there has been a large spike in high-rise buildings in construction in Downtown Manhattan. Long associated with Wall Street and World Trade, is the Financial District becoming the new place to live? We take a look at eight residential buildings in the pipeline…



It appears any addition that Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly makes to the New York skyline is going to have a certain level of height, and 125 Greenwich Street is no different. In construction at the same time as his controversial 432 Park Avenue, Greenwich stands at 278 metres with two concrete pillars rising through the middle, with the outside wrapped in glass in an almost quasi-brutalist style.

125 Greenwich Street - Living Downtown

125 Greenwich Street – Living Downtown



This new skyscraper, designed by KPF, has to be one of HEKKTA‘s favourite on the way in New York. They have achieved such simple but elegant design, with the thin building wrapped in curving glass. It is almost nearing completion, so very soon the 64-storey residential skyscraper will be able to open it’s doors.

111 Murray Street - Living Downtown

111 Murray Street – Living Downtown



The incredibly busy British architect David Adjaye is also one of the several big architectural names to have big projects on the go in New York. 130 William is one of the examples of a new trend, which leans towards stone and concrete for skyscrapers, like old New York architecture, as opposed to glass. The almost art-deco style building has a textured concrete exterior, with gold trims lining the windows. The huge, arched windows will provide stunning views of the city, housing 244 luxury condos. There is little doubt that these apartments won’t hang about once on the market.

130 William - Living Downtown

130 William – Living Downtown



Following the similar trend of a move away from glass, this new building designed by Robert AM Stern is a little more obviously harking back the art-deco era of architecture in the city. With an exterior of limestone and precast concrete, it sits above the Four Seasons Hotel and houses 157 apartments.

30 Park Place - Living Downtown

30 Park Place – Living Downtown



CetraRuddy have designed the tallest residential skyscraper in Lower Manhattan standing at a huge 340 metres high. They have blended old with new with this design, with gold steel rising up in thin strips around the glass, in an elegant style that will provide some unbelievable views of the city when completed.

45 Broad Street - Living Downtown

45 Broad Street – Living Downtown



Chicago-based, German architect Helmut Jahn has used five hundred curved glass panels to cover his new building in the Financial District, 50 West.

50 West - Living Downtown

50 West – Living Downtown



Opening next year, the 60-storey building overlooking the East River has a glass exterior, which was custom engineered so that it reflects the colours of the sky and water. It was designed by Hill West Architects.

Seaport Hill Residences - Living Downtown

Seaport Residences – Living Downtown



Much shorter than the other buildings on the list, but also much chunkier with larger apartments inside. There are roughly 100 one to five bedroom apartments in 25 Park Row, which sits beside City Hall Park. The 50 storey building, designed by NY firm Cookfox, is expected to be completed by 2020.

25 Park Row - Living Downtown

25 Park Row – Living Downtown