New York City Architecture Guide: Discover 10 Must-See Landmarks and 20 Contemporary Attractions
New York City. Image © Raimund Koch
As the largest city in the United States,
New York City is one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world, recognized by many as the center for global media, culture, fashion art, and finance. The city was founded in 1624 by settlers from the Dutch Republic and has since grown into “the city that never sleeps”.
While almost every style of architecture exists in
New York City, the metropolis is most well known for its skyscrapers, both in historical styles such as Neoclassical and Art Deco and in their varied contemporary expressions. The first building to bring the world's tallest title to New York was the New York World Building, in 1890. Later, New York City was home to the world's tallest building for 75 continuous years, starting with the Park Row Building in 1899.
The following list showcases 30 iconic modern and contemporary buildings that will provide a good starting point for your first visit to
New York City, including 10 must-see landmarks and 20 contemporary attractions from renowned architects such as Foster + Partners, BIG, Heatherwick Studio, David Chipperfield, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Santiago Calatrava and Herzon & de Meuron. Must-See Iconic Buildings Seagram Building / Mies van der Rohe. Image © Ken Ohyama from Funabashi, Japan Chrysler Building / William Van Alen. Image © Bokic Bojan via Shutterstock Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Tinnaporn Sathapornnanont via Shutterstock TWA Terminal / Eero Saarinen. Image © Acroterion via Wikimedia Commons Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. Image © Marc Venema via Shutterstock https://www.archdaily.com/109134/ad-classics-flatiron-building-daniel-burnham. Image via Wikimedia Commons New Museum / SANAA. Image © Laurian Ghinițoiu 550 Madison Avenue (formerly AT&T Building) / Philip Johnson and John Burgee. Image © Citizen59 via Wikimedia Commons New York City High Line / James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan Apple Store Fifth Avenue / Foster + Partners. Image © Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners New Attractions One World Trade Center / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © James Ewing World Trade Center Transportation Hub / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Hufton+Crow 3 World Trade Center / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners The Shed, a Center for the Arts / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan 10, 30, 55 Hudson Yards / KPF. Image Courtesy of KPF + Connie Zhou MoMA Expansion / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Brett Beyer Little Island Park / Heatherwick Studio + MNLA. Image © Timothy Schenck SUMMIT One Vanderbilt / KPF. Image Courtesy of One Vanderbilt and KPF Vessel Public Landmark / Heatherwick Studio. Image Courtesy of Michael Moran for Related-Oxford 111 West 57th Street / SHoP Architects. Image © Hayes Davidson The Whitney Museum of American Art at Gansevoort / Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Cooper Robertson. Image © Nic Lehoux Moynihan Train Hall / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © Lucas Blair Simpson 56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Iwan Baan VIΛ 57 West / BIG. Image © Nic Lehoux Hunters Point Library / Steven Holl Architects. Image © Paul Warchol 520 West 28th / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow The Smile Residential Building / BIG. Image © Pernille and Thomas Loof Jewelbox Housing the Restored Jane's Carousel / Jean Nouvel. Image © Ronald Halbe Spring Street Salt Shed / Dattner Architects. Image © Pavel Bendov via Wikimedia Commons The Bryant Tower / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Simon Menges You can visit our list of City Guides here.