432 Park Avenue, as that’s what we’re talking about, is a residential skyscraper on 57th Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, overlooking Central Park. The building, designed by the famous Rafael Viñoly, is distinguished primarily by its height, because it measures an impressive 425.5 meters (31st place on the list of the tallest buildings in the world) and … unusual problems of residents who, according to the information provided by the New York Times, complain about many different inconvenience. In October, one of them was supposed to be trapped in an elevator for an hour and a half due to strong winds, others reported strange noises from the structure, and a few years ago there was even a flood there.
And no, it is not an apartment located on the ground floor, but one with the number 84B, which means it is on the 84th floor! The event took place in 2016 and was described by the owner as catastrophic, because it damaged not only the target floor, but also floors 83 and 86. The latter decided to withdraw its offer, but the apartment was sold in 2017 for a staggering 44 . $ 6 million. However, this is not the end of the adventures with water leaks, because in 2018 there were more – in November, broken pipes caused flooding on floors 60 and 74, so something is definitely up.
Knowledgeable engineers explain to the Times that these are problems that affect many skyscrapers across the city, and one reason for this is technical floors that contain service items such as water supplies and ventilation shafts that allow developers to build higher than normally allowed by New York building codes. These floors do not count towards the permitted height of the building, so placing several of them means that some of the apartments will be higher than they should be, and therefore they are exposed to problems with flooding (higher floors require higher water pressure) or elevators (stronger winds cause the pipes to swing. and crashes). Most interestingly, the higher, the more problems, and at the same time … the more expensive apartments, and what’s more, the designer was clearly aware of this, because a few years ago he allowed himself to make comments suggesting that the building had a few mishaps, to put it mildly, but was quickly forced to apology – disgust remains. But what of it, since similar structures are still very popular and customers are ready to pay hefty millions for them.
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