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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
(by Designer Pages)

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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.”


“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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BIG from DRKHRSE (posted 4 months ago)
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.


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.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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How green is the plastic lunch box?

Tremendously exciting this week to learn that Carisbrook Stadium Trust is putting up a fence and has plans to start work on piling tomorrow.

In times well past, CST posted (piled?) the following “loose talk” on its website. There have been NO UPDATES to further tempt our interest or attract educated critique of the green and sustainable building approaches being employed…

Environmentally sustainable design (ESD)

Listed below are only some of the proposed ideas which the designers are considering to ensure the building is as environmentally sustainable as possible. As the team move into the detailed design phase these options will become clearer and greater certainty will be provided

ESD options which the designers are considering include:

Harvesting rainwater, and potentially greywater, for irrigation and toilet flushing
Solar hot water heating
Increased insulation to occupied conditional spaces
Use of materials with low embodied energy and emissions where possible
Public transportation initiatives and traffic management planning to reduce car usage.
Selection of mechanical and electrical systems to conserve energy
Natural ventilation at concourse level and back of the house areas where possible
Low energy lighting internally and externally

CST Link

In the company of our What if? contacts and posters, what can we find out about CST’s ‘sustainability’ project?

Firstly, we know every premise establishing the need for the stadium project is completely faulty and vacuous. A no-go zone that’s bigger than any fence… It’s not a good start on the road to sustainability for any (ratepayer funded) capital works project to be based on errant local body politics and a consortium of privateers out for themselves. That is not sustainable. That is not ‘community’. That is not long-term regional well-being, in mind.


OK. Small incidental questions as we build a fence…

How will site contamination be handled – what’s to test, what’s to handle? As for demolition of existing buildings… What’s happening to the asbestos? Where are the demolition materials going, will they be recycled for use? Where will any spoil from site preparation end up – recycled for use back on site or at a new location?

Literally, $millions of questions but all we have so far is the fence.


Dunedin City Council – in the sustainability stakes, you’re responsible for leading by professional example. We’re optimists and expect this much of you…although it’s utterly doubtful you can handle the challenge in a meaningful coherent way since you opted to finance an UNSUSTAINABLE project with ratepayer funds and hastily prioritised it over a glaring lack of other ideas at council to stimulate local ‘health and wealth’.


What does the council expect of CST in terms of sustainable building approaches… Major hindrance: the council can’t see the whole stadium concept is UNSUSTAINABLE – that’s a given. Nevertheless we’ll waste our breath, and needle this.

We expect SMART scientific approaches and best practice methods. The government’s Green Star system should be your guide, based on international practice and accreditation standards – the likes of which are evolving for New Zealand.

Because these are not the Dark Ages.


Terrifying then – NOW – that CST is about to deliver a new stadium to Dunedin utilising an old copied idea, a hugely unsuccessful idea for regional ‘economic development’.

That is, CST is bent on stumping up with an UNSUSTAINABLE 24/7 MENACE to the people of Otago, who might never visit it or would do so only randomly and infrequently, ensuring the building has nil chance of generating revenue over expenditure into profit.

Put it this way, the proposed stadium might be the best example we’ll ever find at Dunedin of new development that takes a seriously (holistically) unenlightened approach to providing ‘Green Age’ solutions to a needy low income, sparsely populated, aging community.

You see why it’s easier to deal with the building’s ‘environmental’ sustainability (piecemeal) than the wider politics of political manipulation and institutionalised thievery (redistribution of wealth).

So green architecture / building sustainability, what do we know?


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