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The main difference is that the architect and developer for the latter wanted clear, unobstructed views northwards over Central Park and south towards Lower Manhattan. The solution was a concrete core, linked to two concrete shear walls (a structural system composed of braced panels) running the height of the building on the east and west sides and allowing clear views north and south, so that the overall structure resembles a giant cantilevered concrete I-beam standing on its end. The tower is slightly tapered, and the external walls will be clad in terracotta and bronze rather than architecturally exposed concrete. Even more slender buildings are now being planned, although an aspect ratio of 24:1 is approaching the limit of what is currently feasible.

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