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12/09/2016

VIΛ West 57th Street, by BIG

 
New York is becoming a greener and more welcoming city. The transformation of the Hudson riverfront, the High Line linear park, the pedestrianization of Broadway and the construction of thousands of kilometers of bicycle lanes are a few of the plans that have helped to generate this new city image. The West 57th residential building, rising on a coveted site facing the Hudson River, follows along this line of transformation projects.

The project is a hybrid of the traditional Danish perimeter block and the Manhattan high-rise. Its unique form combines the best of both building types: the compactness and density of a a perimeter block with its sheltered courtyard, and the airiness and panoramic views of a skyscraper. By keeping three corners of the block low and lifting the north-east portion of the building 142 meters, the volume lets light and views come into the courtyard, gracefully preserving those of the neighbouring Helena Tower. The deep slope of the roof 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 building contains predominantly residential units with a retail program at the base.
Big Bang

Big Bang

Luis Fernández-Galiano
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