NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

by , 02/07/13
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BIG’s unusual sloped structure aims to combine two types of architecture – European low-rise apartment blocks and typical Manhattan towers. The 38-story building, currently known as W57, will link the rest of the street to the Hudson River, creating mini-neighborhoods comprising 750 apartment units. The development is part of the city’s 80/20 program, which means 20 percent of the apartments will be reserved for low and moderate income families, while the remaining ones will be market rate.

The community board, along with City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, had insisted on partially redesigning the West 58th Street façade, which was originally a block-long blank wall at street level. Previous modifications made during the reviewing process also included improving the connection to Hudson River Park at 59th Street, providing seating and landscaping throughout the site, widening the sidewalks and narrowing the driveways. Durst Fetner also promised to consult with the community board on including community facilities such as adult education centers and childcare facilities.

“We are thrilled with today’s vote and are grateful to the City Council and especially Councilmember Brewer,” said a Durst spokesman.”Today’s approval will pave the way for one of the most exciting and innovative designs to hit New York’s skyline in a generation.”

Via Crain’s



  1. Robert Oelz April 24, 2013 at 8:26 am
    This is a great looking structure. Very innovative. I have worked on countless projects in NYC to provide roofing and waterproofing materials. Some of the more recent projects are the Memorial Gardens and Museum Pavilion at the WTC, John Jay College and the hyperbolic parabola at Lincoln Center. I would like to get involved with this project as well.
  2. victor_n_nyc February 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    Personally, I find this building very unattractive. It looks like it's trying way too hard to be iconic and just fails. I think it's going to be one of those buildings, like Madison Square Garden, that people are going to look at in a few years and wonder what the hell they were thinking. It's not even built and already it looks dated.