Bjarke Ingels Group is one step closer to creating its monumental new pyramid-shaped residential building on West 57th Street. BIG received planning approval for the sloped structure, which the architects say will be a cross between a Copenhagen courtyard and a traditional New York skyscraper, this week. Developed by The Durst Organization, the block-long complex would overlook the Hudson River and bring a unique new look to the neighborhood.
BIG’s goal with their pyramid was to create a mini-neighborhood that would connect the waterfront to the rest of 57th Street while pushing the limits of design. Rather than another rectangular high rise, the slanted form would inspire and create new green spaces for residents.
The original plan included an educational building and hotel, but those were scrapped when City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden asked for a residential tower with more impact. The resulting pyramid building rises from three to thirty eight stories at its peak, with 753 apartments throughout, each flushed with natural light. Twenty percent of the apartments will be slated for affordable housing, creating a diverse mix of residents. Centering around a courtyard, each inner apartment would face a dense green space that will create a private park rich with trees and plants.
Residents will also enjoy south-facing outdoor terraces and a richly-planted green space around the pyramid overlooking the shoreline. With Burden’s approval, the innovative project can begin construction and hopefully be ready for rental by the anticipated 2015 opening date.