For architects and urban dwellers, drone technology is proving a boon. Before high-profile high-rises top out, developers and architects enlist SkyPan, an aerial photography company, to send camera-clad unmanned aircraft to capture the sweeping views that future residents and office workers will enjoy. As cities rise higher and higher, this drone technology allows you to realize your vista fantasy before the elevator shaft is inset.
SkyPan’s miniature helicopters have captured views from such highly publicized in-development projects as Jean Nouvel’s MoMA tower, Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard skyscraper, and Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue.
Interested buyers no longer have to rely on speculative renderings or inaccurate images captured by wobbly tethered blimps. Visitors to the 432 Park Avenue website even get a 350 degree glimpse of what it will be like to stand at four different heights. Check out the Central Park perk: