BIG | West 57th
BIG has taken a step back to survey the rules of the system in Manhattan and is introducing a European typology: the perimeter block. With an efficient layout and a sense of intimacy, the perimeter block meets demands for density and security. In this project, we have married it to the traditional Manhattan high-rise, creating a unique shape which combines the advantages of both: the compactness of a courtyard build¬ing with the airiness and the amazing views of a skyscraper.
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. By keeping three corners of the block low and lifting the north-east portion of the building, the courtyard opens views towards the Hudson River and brings the low western sun deep into the block. While the courtyard is a private space for residents, it can still be seen from the outside, creating a visual connection to the greenery of the Hudson River Park.
The slope of the building allows for a transition in scale between the low-rise structures to the south and the high-rise residential towers to the north and west of the site. 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 building is predominantly residential units of different sizes with cultural and commercial program at the street level and the second floor. By slightly angling the interior walls, all units are oriented towards the Hudson River and the sun. The fishbone pattern of the walls can also be found in the elevation.
Location: Manhattan, New York, USA Architect: BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group Project name: West 57th
Client: Durst Fetner Residential
Size: 870,000 ft² (80,000 m²)
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)
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