In the eight months since our last update, progress at the site of Central Park Tower has been moving along nicely. The future tallest residential structure in the world has now risen to approximately a quarter of its final 473-metre (1,550-foot) height. It is already becoming a fixture on the Manhattan skyline, owing in large part to its prime location along the south side of Central Park. The Extell Development Company-built, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed supertall will eventually become home to just 179 luxury units, in addition to a four-storey hotel component and a multi-storey retail podium base that will be occupied by Nordstrom. 

Looking up from 58th Street, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Viewed above, the 58th Street frontage has received its podium level cladding. The new Nordstrom's distinctive undulating exterior will also be mirrored on the 57th Street side. Rising high above, the hotel and residential tower portion has begun to grow at an accelerated rate. 

Looking up from 57th Street, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Spread across seven floors, two of which will be underground, the 363,000-square-foot retail space will provide shoppers with a high-end consumer experience, as the unified interiors allow for a fluid continuum of movement through each floor. 

Hotel and residential component sprouting above the retail podium, image by Forum contributor towerpower123

Featuring a series of graceful setbacks, the hotel and residential components that form the bulk of the tower will soon rise high above their neighbours, as the bulk of the supertall highrise soars above Central Park. 

View from the top, image via Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Though it is capped off with a 17,000-square-foot penthouse, views from virtually any of the residential floors will be breathtaking. The whole of Central Park, not to mention a rare panoramic view of Manhattan, will be reserved for those with pockets deep enough to scoop up 1 of the 179 luxury units that will fill out the 95-storey structure. 

Central Park Tower, as it will appear upon completion in 2019, image via Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Once complete, Central Park Tower will redefine the New York skyline. The world's tallest residential tower will stand as a symbol of the city's immense wealth, while its exclusivity represents the rapidly increasing economic divide that continues to define life in the Big Apple. 

SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.