Before 2004, Manhattan’s skyline featured 28 skyscrapers 700 feet and taller. Since then, between those built, under construction and proposed, the city could potentially have added 47 more within the next five years.
In many ways, Manhattan’s tall building boom turned 2015 into the year of the skyscraper at DeSimone, as 22 skyscrapers we designed are currently under construction throughout the world. In a crowded New York City, developers are looking to do more with less by constructing taller buildings on smaller footprints, and require outside-the-box solutions to turn these buildings into reality.
The city’s skyline is rapidly changing and it has been nearly impossible to ignore. Throughout the year, news publications took note of the super tall, super slim buildings popping up across Manhattan and looked to our firm for answers.
Gizmodo featured a number of our innovative projects, and wondered how structural engineers are building skyscrapers that seem physically impossible.
Crain’s New York Business asked our President, Stephen DeSimone, to share his thoughts on how tall New York City’s skyscrapers can go.
The New York Times looked at a number of DeSimone projects, and wanted to know how dampers keep skyscrapers from blowing in the wind.
Curbed asked for the structural engineering tricks behind the world’s super tall and super slender skyscrapers, so we shared some with them.
The New York Post also took notice of New York City’s changing skyline, and spoke with us about the next generation of the city’s skyscrapers.
DeSimone’s year of the skyscraper was punctuated by playing host to a series of presentations and discussions at The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) annual international conference in New York City.
The firm’s two-day event spotlighted a number of DeSimone’s tall buildings, including Allianz Tower, One Thousand Museum Tower, Grove at Grand Bay, and 50 West. It featured 15 different sessions, with presentations by Bjarke Ingels, BIG; Chris Lepine, Zaha Hadid Architects; Richard Cook, FAIA, COOKFOX; Dan Kaplan, FXFOWLE; Robert Whitlock, KPF; Brian Collins, Fisher Brothers; and Robert Singer, Time Equities.
Tall buildings aside, it was also an exceptional year for growth, as our Boston and New Haven offices both expanded, and we also opened our first office in South America. 2015 proved to be an excellent year for DeSimone overall and we look forward to another great year!