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VIΛ 57 West
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DESIGNER
 
 
BIG
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CONTEXT
 
Location
BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk
Importance of the building in the territory and in the city
BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk
Relationship with the location
BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk
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DESCRIPTION
 
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BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat SchenkVIA 57 West is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, combining the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper. By keeping three corners of the block low and lifting the north-east corner up towards its 450 ft peak, the courtyard opens views towards the Hudson River, bringing low western sun deep into the block and graciously preserving the adjacent Helena Tower's views of the river. The form of the building shifts depending on the viewer's vantage point.

BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat SchenkWhile appearing like a pyramid from the West-Side-Highway, it turns into a dramatic glass spire from West 58th Street. The courtyard which is inspired by the classic Copenhagen urban oasis can be seen from the street and serves to extend the adjacent greenery of the Hudson River Park into VIA. 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 highly visible sloping roof consists of a simple ruled surface perforated by terraces - each one unique and south-facing. The fishbone pattern of the walls are also reflected in its elevations.

Every apartment gets a bay window to amplify the benefits of the generous view and balconies which encourage interaction between residents and passers-by. 
Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG
BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk“New York is rapidly becoming an increasingly green and livable city. The transformation of the Hudson River waterfront and the Highline into green parks, the ongoing effort to plant a million trees, the pedestrianiza on of Broadway and the creation of more miles of bicycle lanes than the entire city of my native Copenhagen are all evidence of urban oases appearing all over the city. With West 57th we attempt to continue this transformation into the heart of the city fabric – into the center of a city block,”

BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk“The building is conceived as a cross breed between the Copenhagen courtyard and the New York skyscraper. The communal intimacy of the central urban oasis meets the efficiency, density and panoramic views of the tall tower in a new hybrid typology. The courtyard is to architecture what Central Park is to urbanism: a giant green garden surrounded by a dense wall of spaces for living”
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BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk
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VIDEO
 
 

W57 - West 57th Residential Building from BIG on Vimeo.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
New York
Metropolitan area
New York City
County
New York
Town
New York - Manhattan
Address
12th Avenue / W 57th Street (Joe Di Maggio Highway)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2011    
Realisation
2016
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AWARDS
 
2016
Tall Building Award
Best Tall Building Americas

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
2012
AIANY Design Award
Un-Built Work Merit Award
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Doctor Strange
Directed by
Scott Derrickson
Nationality
USA
Year of production
2016
Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Building's role
Incidental
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
a+u 548, Big + Small"VIA at West 57th Street, New York, 2016", A+U. Architecture and Urbanisme 548, may 2016 [Big + Small], pp. 68-79
Arquitectura Viva 179, BIG, VIA 57 West, New York Heights. When Form Follows Finance, Alturas de Nueva York"BIG. VIA West 57th Street", Arquitectura Viva 179, noviembre/november 2015 [New York Heights. When Form Follows Finance], " Alturas de Nueva York" pp. 34-37
"West 57", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 405, mars/march 2015, pp. 16-17
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CLIENT
 
 
The Durst Organization
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Consistence
709 residential units
Surface
sq.m. 77,202 (sq.ft. 830,000)

garden mq. 2,044 (sq.ft. 22,000)
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Thornton Tomasetti
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Starr Whitehouse
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STAFF
 
Principal-in-charge
Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk
Project architect
David Brown
Design team
Aleksander Tokarz, Alessandro Ronfini, Alessio Valmori, Alvaro Mendive, Benjamin Schulte, Birk Daugaard, Celine Jeanne, Christoffer Gotfredsen, Daniel Sundlin, Dominyka Mineikyte, Eivor Davidsen, Felicia Guldberg, Florian Oberschneider, Gabrielle Nadeau, Gül Ertekin, Ho Kyung Lee, Hongyi Jin, Julian Liang, Julianne Gola, Laura Youf, Lucian Racovitan, Marcella Martinez, Maria Nikolova, Maya Shopova, Mitesh Dixit, Nicklas A. Rasch, Ola Hariri, Riccardo Mariano, Steffan Heath, Stanley Lung, Tara Hagan, Thilani Rajarathna, Tyler Polich, Valentina Mele, Valerie Lechene, Xu Li, Yi Li
Project management
Beat Schenk
Interior design
David Brown, Beat Schenk
Collaborators
Interiors:
Aaron Hales, Alessandro Ronfini, Brian Foster, Christoffer Gotfredsen, Ho Kyung Lee, Hongyi Jin, Ivy Hume, Jenny Chang, Lauren Turner, Mina Rafiee, Rakel Karlsdottir, Tara Hagan, Thomas Fagan, Tiago Barros, Valentina Mele
Architect of record
SLCE Architects
Systems
Dagher Engineering
Civil engineer
Langan Engineering
Construction management
Hunter Roberts
Transport planning
Philip Habib & Assoc.
Facades consultant
Israel Berger & Assoc.
Marketing
Nancy Packes
Vertical transportation
Van Deusen & Assoc.
Acoustical consultant
Cerami & Assoc.
Aerodynamics and weather resistant consultant
CPP
Environmental design
AKRF
Plastic models, rendering
German Glessner
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Iwan Baan
Drawings © BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Text edited by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 West, New York City, Manhattan, SLCE Architects, Beat Schenk



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