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The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

SKY HIGH Lectures

In conjunction with its exhibition SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury,
The Skyscraper Museum
presented a series of lectures and panel discussions by the architects, engineers, and developers of New York's new characteristic form of super-slender ultra luxury residential towers.

Rafael Viñoly Lecture

432 PARK AVENUE and other towers

February 24, 2014 6:30-8PM

Rafael Viñoly is the founding principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, a New York-based firm with an international practice. Viñoly's award-winning designs include museums, performing arts centers, convention centers, and numerous research and academic buildings and complexes. His commercial high-rise work began in the 1980s, and he explored innovative forms and structural strategies in several projects, including the post-9/11 WTC competition, in which the collaborative design of the THINK team for a World Cultural Center was a finalist.

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Mirror, mirror... who is the slenderest of them all?


March 11, 2014   6:30 - 8:00PM

Among the extraordinary new crop of New York's super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers surveyed in The Skyscraper Museum's exhibition SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury, the most slender of all is the 111 W. 57th St., designed by SHoP Architects, with structural engineering by WSP Group for JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. With a ratio of the width of the base to height of 1:23, the 1,350+ ft tower will be the most slender building in the world.

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Carol Willis Lecture

"The Logic of Luxury" CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference

September 18, 2014

Shanghai, China. Carol Willis from The Skyscraper Museum presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "The Logic of Luxury: New York's New Super-Slender Towers."

Click HERE to view the paper "The Logic of Luxury: New York's Super-Slender Towers"


Five minutes with Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum

Carol Willis is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Carol talks about the future and history of tall buildings and urbanization.


December 23, 2013

New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman tweets the exhibition is "a must see."

November 12, 2013

In the massive media attention surrounding the determination by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) of the official height of One World Trade Center of 1,776 feet, several press stories consulted The Skyscraper Museum for historical perspective, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times

For a longer discussion of the difference between Height and Scale, see the Museum's archived 1999 exhibition Big Buildings that examines high-rise size over the twentieth century and the 2011 exhibition SUPERTALL! that takes an international focus.

Read more on size and scale in an interview with Museum Director Carol Willis from September's GreenSource profile.

November 4, 2013

See the Museum in the Yahoo! News segment The Future Is Now, which focuses on 111 W57th St.

October, 31 2013

Bloomberg News featured SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury in an article focused mostly on the clustering of tall, slender residential towers on 57th St and consecutively 432 Park Ave, One57, and 111 W57th St. Click here to read.

October, 29 2013

Carl Yost contributed a piece on SKY HIGH for Architizer prominently featuring an interview with Museum Director Carol Willis.

October, 16 2013

Architect's Newspaper posted an announcement of our current exhibit on their blog.