The United States could soon have a new — and surprising — location for the country's tallest building, and if approved, it won't be anywhere near New York.
In a new proposal from AO Architects and real estate developer Matteson Capital, the Boardwalk at Bricktown, if approved for construction, would be a 1,907-foot skyscraper that would officially be the sixth tallest building in the world in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. city.
“Designed to be the tallest building in the country, this bold project covers more than 3 acres and more than 2 million square feet of residential, hospitality, retail, dining and entertainment,” according to the AO Architects press release.
Designers say the complex will contain hotel and residential towers that “will each feature their own unique luxury amenities, creating a dynamic urban hub for tenants and visitors.”
The Boardwalk at Bricktown will also feature new, state-of-the-art dining and retail spaces with open plazas.
“Dining, retail and open plazas elevate and revitalize the streetscape, establishing interaction and connection and inviting the world to experience the best OKC has to offer,” said AO Architects. “As a catalyst for urban development, The Boardwalk embodies the vibrant essence of Oklahoma City, honoring its rich past, dynamic present and promising future.”
The project will feature a set of three towers, each rising to 345 feet, and a fourth tower — now referred to as the Legends Tower — that will reach 1,907 feet, the specific number honoring the year Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state. from the United States.
“Spanning nearly 5 million square feet, the project is a mixed-use marvel, including a 480-room Dream Hotel by Hyatt, plus 85 full-service residences in the Dream Tower; an additional 350-key Hyatt hotel and 100 residential units.” Serviced by Legends Tower; 1,776 residential units ranging from market rate, affordable workforce to luxury options; a vibrant retail and restaurant scene with over 110,000 square feet dedicated to commercial and food and beverage use, and a workforce development center for the community on the street and second level.” The upper floors of the high-rise tower will consist of a public observatory, a restaurant and a bar where visitors will be able to enjoy stunning views of the city.”
However, the proposed development would still need final approval from the city and there is no guarantee it will be built at this time under their current application.
“To be clear, they would need to realign, not look for a change. Their current SPUD was specifically negotiated, including building height (“The maximum height of any building shall be 300 feet except that height will be limited to 80 feet at 20 feet from the northern SPUD boundary.),” Christy Yaeger, public information officer for Oklahoma City, said a zoning employee. Oklahoma City Free Press. “We understand that a representative of the applicant is preparing a new SPUD application, which will go to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and the City Council for a final decision.”
The tallest building in the United States, at least for now, is the One World Trade Building in New York City which opened in 2014 and has a symbolic height of 1,776 feet. If constructed, the new building would eclipse the tower by 131 feet to become the tallest in America.
“Oklahoma City is experiencing a significant period of growth and transformation, making it well-positioned to support large-scale projects like the one envisioned for Bricktown,” said Scott Matteson, CEO of Matteson Capital. “We believe this development will be an iconic destination for the city, further expanding and diversifying the growing economy, attracting investment, new businesses and jobs. It is a dynamic environment and we hope to see The Boardwalk at Bricktown as a credit to Oklahoma City.”
The Khalia Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest building in the world, at 2,717 feet, followed by Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is 490 feet shorter and at 2,227 feet. In fifth place are the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, the Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower in Mecca, and the Ping An International Financial Center in Shenzhen.
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