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SUPER SKYSCRAPERS: The Billionaire Building

One57 in New York City.
Courtesy of Blink Films UK
One57 in New York City.

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new generation of skyscrapers.

Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors.

This four-part series: "The Vertical City" (repeats Feb 7); "The Billionaire Building" (repeats Feb. 14); "One World Trade Center" (repeats Feb. 21); and "Building The Future" (repeats Feb. 28), follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings, showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats.

Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park.

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Follow the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper.

"The Billionaire Building" follows the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper and their ambition to redefine luxury living the big city.

Skyline with One57 in New York City.
Courtesy of Blink Films UK
Skyline with One57 in New York City.

Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the-art interiors — double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.

One57 rendering.
Courtesy of Blink Films UK
One57 rendering.

“It’s clear that a new generation of buildings is rising around the world,” said Dan Oliver, executive producer at Blink Films. “They are extraordinarily complex, strong, tall and safer than ever. It was an amazing project to get behind the scenes in various stages of their development. We got an inside look at how today’s ever-improving technology is literally changing the game in construction, and the way global citizens are living their lives.”

This series originally aired in 2014.

The series was produced by Blink Films UK. The series is executive produced by Dan Oliver and Dan Chambers.

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