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 the8 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.
+ Bjarke Ingels Group W57
+ Past architecture stories about BIG on Inhabitat