In Herzog & de Meuron’s 57-storey “Jenga tower” in Lower Manhattan, no two floors are the same. The building is a staggered series of irregular boxes, with cantilevers ranging from 10ft to 25ft, and every floorplate had to be able to support itself. WSP used a very strong concrete structure — 12,000psi at the lower levels and 7,000psi further up — concealed to allow a completely glazed exterior with views from almost every angle. With no dividing shear walls in the apartments, residents can lay out their living spaces as they wish or combine apartments horizontally or vertically.
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