The New York Times

Another celebrated architect is about to have his New York moment. But, this time, there is no billowing sail-like form, jagged crystalline spire or curvaceous squiggle.

Instead, the condominium now rising at 611 West 56th Street will eventually resemble a sensible composition of Perla Bianca limestone and glass that stands out for its simplicity — as well as a monolithic four-story-tall crown.

This is Pritzker Prize winning architect Alvaro Siza’s very first US building, which makes this ‘little’ condo quite a big deal. 611 West 56th Street is co-developed by Sumaida + Khurana and LENY - a team known individually for their dedication to contemporary architecture and design; and this project is no exception. Looking towards both Hudson Yards and the glittering skyline of Midtown Manhattan, this tower is slated to start releasing its sales from autumn 2019.

Robb Report
It’s never too late for your Pritzker Prize-winning work to make its US debut. That’s the impetus behind Álvaro Siza’s 611 West 56th Street anyway, a residential tower in Midtown Manhattan that marks the architect’s first stateside foray at the age of 86.


Clad in limestone, 611 West 56th Street in New York City is the Pritzker laureate’s first project in the U.S.

The latest addition to the New York City skyline is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza’s new residential tower at 611 West 56th Street, a 37-story building capped by a 53-foot, limestone-encased bulkhead. The project—the Portuguese architect’s first in the United States—is entering the final stage of construction, with sales of its 80 units beginning this month.

Siza is celebrated for his sculptural designs, many of which are set within strikingly contrasting environments. Just take his Leça Swimming Pool in Porto, Portugal, which put him on the map in the 1960s, or his more recent design of Saya Park in South Korea: each structure gracefully rises out of its surroundings, distinguished by comparatively simple shapes. In the high risesaturated Big Apple, Siza brings about his signature minimalism and honesty.


In this exclusive video interview, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera discusses his first building in the US, a luxury condominium tower in New York City.

Speaking to Dezeen in New York, the 86-year-old architect said that he did not imagine he would ever receive such a commission.

Curbed New York
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza’s first building in NYC, a 37-story Hell’s Kitchen tower, will launch sales this fall. The building, which is being developed by Sumaida + Khurana and LENY, will have just 80 apartments when it’s completed. Its interiors will be designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates, which previously worked with the developers on Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth Street. The bulk of the apartments will be one-, two- and three-bedrooms, but there will also be some larger maisonettes and penthouses. Prices will start at $1.26 million.

With the construction of Álvaro Siza’s Hell’s Kitchen tower well underway and sales expected to launch later this month, the project website and a new batch of renderings have been released, revealing new project details and a first peek at the interiors designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates. The rising 37-story tower at 611 West 56th Street will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first high-rise in the United States and largest project to date. Unlike most other starchitect projects in NYC, it stands out for its restraint and simplicity, hallmarks of Siza’s approach to design.

Real Estate Weekly

September 11, 2019
Real Estate Weekly
At 86 years old, Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese master architect Alvaro Siza thought he would never design a building in New York City, let alone a skyscraper.

In 2015, a new york development team approached álvaro siza and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. after a celebrated career spanning more than half a century, the pritzker laureate had built up an unrivaled portfolio of buildings across the globe. however there was one city missing from siza’s résumé. fortuntaely for new york, the portuguese architect enthusiastically accepted the commission to build his first project in the city — a 37-story residential tower located at the corner of 56th street and 11th avenue in manhattan’s hell’s kitchen neighborhood.

As the 57th Street boom’s western bookend at 606 West 57th Street nears completion, another new tower around the corner is getting ready to break ground. Demolition has yet to begin on the site’s existing occupant, but Curbed featured the first full rendering for the project, which is being designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. Dubbed 823 Eleventh Avenue, it will rise 35 floors and 440 feet to its rooftop, with 80 condominiums within. Sumaida+Khurana is the site’s developer, having acquired the existing building at 611 West 56th Street for $55 million last year, and completion is expected by 2019.

New York Post
New York City is having a big, global architecture moment. Some of the most intriguing luxury apartments under development in the five boroughs feature designs by a who’s who of blue-chip international architects working here for the very first time — or at least on their first residential projects in town. Here, the designer debuts to know about.

Sumaida + Khurana, the inspired New York developer behind Tadao Ando’s first building in the Big Apple, 152 Elizabeth Street, have just revealed to us the design for their latest project in the city - Pritzker Prize winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s 611 West 56th Street.
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