Langham Place (formerly Setai Fifth Avenue) is a towering grid of limestone, concrete and glass with emphatic vertical lines that mimic the nearby Empire State Building.
The 57-story building is a mix of retail (floors 1-3), 214-room hotel (4-26), and 164 condominium apartments (28-56). The 10-story limestone base has a rounded corner; a 46-story sheer concrete tower sits atop that. Unusual floor-to-ceiling windows – two panes angled with the bottom pane facing down, top pane facing up – are paired in columns all around. On the residential floors, corner apartments have wrap-around windows. The windows give Langham Place’s facade a unique faceted texture – quite striking from nearby.
The two-story flared stainless steel crown hides water tanks and other mechanical details, and elevator machinery. The crown is illuminated at night.
Langham Place Vital Statistics
- Location: 400 Fifth Avenue at W 36th Street
- Year completed: 2010
- Architect: Gwathmey Siegel & Associates
- Floors: 57
- Style: Postmodern
Langham Place Recommended Reading
- Wikipedia entry
- City Realty review
- Bizzi & Partners Development (developer) website
- Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (architect) website
- Architect’s project portfolio (pdf)
- 400 Fifth Avenue (property) website
- “400 Fifth Avenue: A New Gwathmey Siegel Landmark” (book)