Project: West 57th
Client: Durst Fetner Residential
Architect:Big-Bjarke Ingels Group
Size:870,000 Ft² (80,000 M²)
Location: Manhattan, New York, Usa
Status: Direct Commission
Collaborators: Slce Architects (Architect Of Record), Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Thornton Tomasetti (Sturctural), Dagher Engineering(Mep), Langan Engineering (Civil), Hunter Roberts (Construction Manager), Philip Habib& Assoc. (Transportation), Israel Berger& Assoc. (Building Envelope), Nancy Packes (Marketing), Van Deusen& Assoc. (Vertical Transportation), Cerami& Assoc. (Acoustical), Cpp (Wind), Akrf (Environmental), German Glessner (Renderings& Animation)
West 57th occupies a full city block at the corner of West 57th Street and the West Side Highway.
The project introduces a new building typology to Manhattan: a hybrid between the traditional Danish perimeter block and a Manhattan high-rise. The building is an urban dune, that peaks at the north-east corner, thereby both maximizing the number of apartments facing the water and graciously preserving the adjacent Helena Tower’s views of the river as well. The form of the building shifts depending on the viewer’s vantage point. From the West Side Highway, it appears to be a pyramid; from West 58th, a dramatic glass spire.
The eye-catching and highly visible roof consists of a simple ruled surface perforated with terraces—each one unique and south-facing. Its closed appearance is in contrast with the building’s perimeter. The shared green space at heart of the block is derived from the classic Copenhagen‘urban oasis’ and serves as a vertical extension of the activity and energy of the Hudson River Park.
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Beat Schenk
Project Architect: Sören Grünert
Team: Thomas Christoffersen, Celine Jeanne, Daniel Sundlin, Alessandro Ronfini, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Valmori, Alvaro Garcia Mendive, Felicia Guldberg, Gabrielle Nadeau, Ho Kyung Lee, Julian Liang, Julianne Gola, Lucian Racovitan, Marcela Martinez, Dominyka Mineikyte, Eivor Davidsen, Gül Ertekin, David Brown, Maria Nikolova, Minjae Kim, Mitesh Dixit, Nicklas Rasch, Riccardo Mariano, Stanley Lung, Steffan Heath, Thilani Rajarathna, Xu Li