Arched windows and masonry evoke old Manhattan

David Adjaye has landed his first Manhattan skyscraper.

The 66-storey residential project, 130 William, is on one of the city’s oldest streets in the financial district and will contain 244 flats from studios to five-beds.

Adjaye said: “The design for 130 William acknowledges the tower’s location on one of the city’s earliest streets. Understanding that rich history, I was inspired to craft a building that turns away from the commercial feel of glass and that instead celebrates New York’s heritage of masonry architecture with a distinctive presence in Manhattan’s skyline.”

It will have a hand-cast concrete façade accented with bronze detailing. Its distinctive arched windows are a reference to the lofts that once filled the area. It will also feature double-height penthouse loggias giving views across New York.

The arched window and loggia design echo the practice’s work at 5 Strand in London.

Amenities include a pool, basketball court, pet spa, private IMAX cinema and a private rooftop observatory deck at the top of the building, 240m up.

Adjaye has designed the exterior and interiors. Local firm Hill West is also working on the project which is for developer Lightstone.