New York development will be ‘a giant green garden surrounded by a dense wall of spaces for living’
The Manhattan skyline will get a new landmark designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in their first north American project.
Durst Fetner Residential chose the Danish firm to design a 600 unit residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.
It will marry European and American styles, combining the space advantages of a courtyard building with the views afforded by a skyscraper.
Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, said: “New York is rapidly becoming an increasingly green and liveable city.
“The transformation of the Hudson River waterfront and the Highline into green parks, the ongoing effort to plant a million trees, the pedestrianization of Broadway and the creation of more miles of bicycle lanes than the entire city of my native Copenhagen are all evidence of urban oases appearing all over the city.
“With West 57th we attempt to continue this transformation into the heart of the city fabric – into the centre of a city block.”
Three corners of the block have been kept low but the north east apex rises to a 467 foot peak, and the courtyard has views of the Hudson River, extending the greenery of the riverside into the development.
Ingels added: “The building is conceived as a cross breed between the Copenhagen courtyard and the New York skyscraper. The communal intimacy of the central urban oasis meets the efficiency, density and panoramic views of the tall tower in a new hybrid typology.
“The courtyard is to architecture what Central Park is to urbanism: a giant green garden surrounded by a dense wall of spaces for living.”
The shape of the building changes depending from where it is viewed, either looking like a warped pyramid or a spire.
“It’s extraordinarily exciting to build a building whose architecture will attract visitors from around the globe,” said Hal Fetner, CEO of Durst Fetner Residential.
“BIG’s design is innovative, evocative and unique and the building’s beauty is matched only by its efficient and functional design that preserves existing view corridors while maximizing the new building’s access to natural light and views of the Hudson River.
“West 57th will establish a new standard for architectural excellence and its creative design, sustainable construction and operations, breathtaking views and distinctive amenities will make it New York’s most sought after residential address.”