Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
West 57th Street
Durst Fetner Residential (DFR) has announced the design of West 57, a 709-unit 80/20 residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The building will have approximately 45,000 sf of ground floor retail space which includes one large unit with 24,500 sf on 12th Avenue. The building is designed by renowned Danish Architect firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and is their inaugural North American project. The building’s program consists of more than 700 rental units of different scales situated on a podium with a cultural and commercial program.
The building is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise. West 57th has a unique shape which combines the advantages of both: the compactness and efficiency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of intimacy and security, 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 467 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.