With work on new york’s much-anticipated via 57 west development nearing completion, designboom goes inside the building for a look at bjarke ingels’ first major project in the united states.
The unique shape of the residential superblock seeks to combine the advantages of compact european courtyard structures with traditional manhattan high-rises. three corners of the block are kept low, while the north-east corner is lifted up to reach its peak of 467 feet (142 meters). As a result, the building appears as a pyramid from the adjacent highway, but as a glass spire when viewed from west 58th street. at the center of the scheme, a courtyard with the same proportions as central park opens views towards the hudson river, bringing low western sun deep into the block. (Read more) via designboom.com
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