Rafael Viñoly on 432 Park Avenue in New York

The architect and former Wallpaper* Design Awards judge discusses the thinking behind the city’s tallest skyscraper, built in collaboration with Macklowe Properties and CIM Group

A stone's throw from Central Park, 432 Park Avenue, is a new luxury residential tower set to dominate the famous New York skyline. Architect and former Wallpaper* Awards judge Rafael Viñoly worked with  Macklowe Properties and the CIM Group to produce the design for the impressively slender 84-storey structure, featuring elegant 10ft by 10ft square windows. In this short film, we catch up with Viñoly in his studio in New York to hear the thinking behind what will be the city's tallest skyscraper - as well as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).