Dezeen: W57 —West 57th Residential Building by BIG

Durst Fetner Residential commissioned Copenhagen based BIG in the spring of 2010 to introduce a new residential typology to Manhattan.

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Jacob Slevin Bjarke Ingels Is BIG in New York City with W57
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W57 – West 57th Residential Building [no audio]
W57 is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, West 57th has a unique shape which combines the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of intimacy and security, with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper.
©Glessner Group, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Construction is due for completion in 2016.

█ Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

### dezeen.com Tue, 8 Feb 2011 at 12:41 pm
West 57th by BIG
By Catherine Warmann
Durst Fetner Residential (DFR) today announced the design of West 57, a 600-unit 80/20 residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The building is designed by renowned Danish Architect firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and is their inaugural North American project. The building’s program consists of over 600 residential units of different scales situated on a podium with a cultural and commercial program. The building will strive for LEED Gold Certification.

“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.”

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“New York is rapidly becoming an increasingly green and livable city. The transformation of the Hudson River waterfront and the Highline into green parks, the ongoing effort to plant a million trees, the pedestrianisation 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,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.

“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.”
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An aerial view of Bjarke Ingel’s newest building in NYC, at W57

█ Drone Photography: Darkhorse

### dezeen.com Wed, 16 Sept 2015 at 11:10 am
Drone video shows progress on New York “courtscraper” by BIG
By Jenna McKnight
Communications firm Darkhorse has used a camera mounted to a drone to capture footage of Via 57 West, the residential building by Bjarke Ingels Group that is now rising in New York. Construction is underway on the tetrahedron-shaped building, which is located on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The design is pulled up at one corner, to create a 467-foot-tall (142-metre) structure. It topped out several months ago, with the addition of the final structural beam, and work is now continuing on the building’s facades. The unofficial movie by Darkhorse shows images of Via’s sloped exterior, which is punctuated with south-facing terraces that look toward the Hudson River.

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Encompassing 861,00 square feet (80,000 square metres), the building will contain 709 residential units and a large central courtyard. The project also calls for retail space totalling 45,000 square feet (4,180 square metres).

“We call it a courtscraper,” Ingels told Dezeen in an interview last year. “It’s a combination of a skyscraper and a courtyard building. One side is the height of a handrail and the other side is the height of a high-rise.”

The project is being constructed in an area with a mix of building types. W57 is sandwiched between a power plant, a sanitation garage and a highway. The building’s amenities will include a pool, fitness centre, basketball court, golf simulator, library and screening room. Residents will also be able to reserve “living rooms” for entertaining that feature fireplaces, chef’s kitchens, dining rooms and large terraces.
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█ Other residential projects now underway in New York include 152 Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando in the Nolita neighbourhood, 520 West 28th Street by Zaha Hadid near the High Line, and a luxury condo building by Alvaro Siza that is slated to rise near BIG’s Via 57 West.

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2 responses to “Dezeen: W57 —West 57th Residential Building by BIG

  1. Elizabeth

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    ### dezeen.com 18 Jan 2017
    BIG’s VIA 57 West skyscraper captured at sunrise by Hufton + Crow
    Dan Howarth | 18 January 2017
    British duo Hufton + Crow have become the latest photographers to shoot BIG’s first contribution to the Manhattan skyline, capturing the building’s dramatic silhouette from across the Hudson River. The tetrahedral shape and metallic cladding of the VIA 57 West residential tower clearly stand out against neighbouring skyscrapers in Hufton + Crow’s images. BIG founder, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, described the 709-unit building as a “courtscraper” as it is arranged around a central courtyard. The building includes 940,000 square feet (87,330 square metre) of floorspace and takes up a full city block, on the edge of the busy West Side Highway. Its unusual shape, which swoops up and away from the main road to a sharp point at its northeast corner, was chosen to afford as many units as possible with views of the Hudson. Tenants began moving into the complex in March 2016.
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  2. Elizabeth

    Dezeen Published on Apr 11, 2017
    Bjarke Ingels stars in BIG Time documentary
    In the trailer for a new documentary staring Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect and BIG founder has revealed the anxiety and pressure he feels to create “extraordinary” architecture. Titled BIG Time, the feature-length documentary follows the 42-year-old architect from boardroom to building site as he visits some of the firm’s in-construction projects. It takes in his Via 57 West “courtscraper” in New York, as well as his Mountain Dwellings housing and Danish Maritime Museum in Copenhagen. “To see abstract ideas become concrete reality is what it’s all about,” says Ingels. “We want to give to the world something it has not yet seen, and therefore does not fit into the any of the boxes.” The trailer is punctuated by ominous flashes of brain scans, later revealed to belong to Ingels, who has suffered a concussion during the course of the documentary’s filming.
    Read more on Dezeen: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/04/11/bjarke-ingels-big-time-feature-length-documentary-film-architecture/

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    ArchDaily Published on May 8, 2017
    AD Interviews: Bjarke Ingels / BIG

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    Louisiana Channel Published on Dec 22, 2016
    Bjarke Ingels Interview: The Beauty of the Human
    “The one thing all humans share is that we all inhabit the same limited amount of real estate, which is planet earth.” Celebrated Danish architect Bjarke Ingels discusses an ultra local approach to architecture in a global world.
    The beauty of the human project has always been its adaptability, the result of which is a highly differentiated catalogue of possible ways of living: “Each city becomes a very specific experiment in how to inhabit this particular part of the planet for this particular group of people,” Ingels says, proposing that we use this “catalogue of global best practice” as inspiration for building better, more sustainable architecture and cities. While modernist architecture tried to create one style of building to fit all humans, today’s architecture can help us learn from each other and adapt solutions from one environment to another – such as the Copenhagen bike paths that were exported to Australia.
    Ingels also discusses the Anthropocene, the current geological era in which humans are the main actors on the environment, causing massive ecological and social change. “Once you’ve accepted that there is no way we can be here without having a very significant influence on our planet we just have to take it as a positive,” says Bjarke Ingels and proposes to “design our world so that we have positive social and environmental side effects.”
    Bjarke Ingels (b. 1974) is a renowned Danish architect and founding partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group – located in Copenhagen and New York. In 2013 BIG was chosen to redesign the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex in Washington, a project which will be implemented over a period of 20 years. His projects include The Mountain, a residential complex in Copenhagen, and the innovative Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore. In 2004 he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011. Moreover, BIG received Architizer’s Firm of the Year Award in 2014.
    Bjarke Ingels was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in New York in October 2016.

    Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
    Edited by: Klaus Elmer
    Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

    Supported by Nordea-fonden

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