Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly is the creative force behind 432 Park Avenue, a slim, 1396-foot high, 96-floor building in the very heart of Manhattan, which on completion will be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

The luxury residential building will reach for the skies with the signature of Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, the creative force behind this slim, 1398-foot high building in the very heart of Manhattan, which on completion will be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere.

Located on the corner of Park Avenue and 57th Street, the building will completely alter New York’s skyline when it reaches completion in 2015 and is sold out to lucky tenants able to enjoy one of the city’s very finest views.

“The fact that it’s tall is not particularly important. One of the most significant aspects of our success is getting a feeling that we have achieved something in every project”, said Montevideo-born Viñoly in an interview with Efe.

As the architect explained, the design process was not based on creating a “super-tall” building, but rather the result of trying to create “the most efficient building possible”.

“The first thing that springs to mind is exclusivity”, admitted the architect, explaining that he drew up the design thinking of “the type of wealth that you’ve never even seen, that you don’t get to read about in the newspapers”.

The kind of exclusivity that Viñoly is talking about means crashing out on the sofa enjoying the building’s unique views over the Hudson River or Central Park, or showering while looking down from the highest skyscraper in the city.

Although the prices of apartments in the building will range from $7 million to $95 million for the top penthouse, the project has brought in close to a billion dollars in sales since its launch in March.

Buyers for these luxury apartments mainly hail from the USA, although other clients are natives of Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, China, and Russia.

“The public reception has been fabulous, amazing”, said Viñoly, who has become known in recent years as one of the world’s leading architects in the wake of such projects as the Carrasco airport in his hometown of Montevideo, the Tokyo International Forum, and a number of buildings for US universities, at campuses such as Chicago, Pennsylvania, and San Antonio (Texas).

*TN: “Celeste” in the original. This color identifies Uruguay’s national football team worldwide.