Famed architect Bjarke Ingels has been tight lipped about a project his team has been working on for New York City and we're delighted to report that it was finally unveiled today! The West 57th residential tower is an evolutionary growth from BIG’s other residential projects in Copenhagen, only at the scale of New York’s famed skyline. It brings with it a huge south-west facing slope, with protected green space making up the heart of the project.
Mr. Ingels has dropped a few hints about his project unveiling in New York – perhaps the biggest was opening an office and moving to the city. The tower is a clear hybrid of the northern European model of airy courtyards and sun loving facades with New York’s density and celebration of scale. Each apartment will get a balcony, many overlooking the adjacent Hudson River, and the complex as a whole will have a public transition green space not dissimilar to the 8 Tallet project that W57 emulates.
From the streets, the building appears as a richly detailed wall of angled windows and from the riverside softens the cities skyline. Amazingly the project shares the similar quality of transitioning an industrial section of a city to the residential with their ski slope/waste incinerator, as the apartment complex sits next to a largely defunct steam plant and garbage facility.