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The 20 Tallest Skyscrapers in the World

by Chris Newens  |  Published February 28, 2017

Tallest residential building. 432 Park Avenue, U.S.A. 

A long, wide thoroughfare in New York's Chinatown (Photo: Vivienne Gucwa via Flickr)

Modelled on the purest geometric form, the square, according to its architect. No one’s had the heart to tell him it’s actually a cuboid.  (Photo: Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

The tallest residential building in the world, and the second tallest building in the United States in general, 432 Park Avenue sprouts from Manhattan Island with a remarkable simplicity of purpose.

There are no embellishments here – the building is essentially a straightforward oblong box designed to reach. Indeed, even in the needle stack of skyscrapers that is New York some residents have dubbed it an eyesore. Naturally, that’s not how its architect Rafael Viñoly regarded it, describing the building’s shape as being modelled on “the purest geometric form: the square.”

Should you wish to buy some property in the building, there’s quite the range on offer: from 32.6 metre squared studios to a six-bedroom, seven-bath penthouse, which sold for $95 million.