2/08/2011

New York's BIG Debut

Bjarke Ingels and BIG finally make their U.S. debut in non other than New York City.   The asymmetrical, pyramidal, warped rectangle shaped building is an ingenious marriage of the New York skyscraper and the low-rise traditional European perimeter block building.  BIG's reinvention of the New York apartment building created a democratic living environment for all residents.  W57, named for the street on the Hudson River where the planned 600-unit structure will span, will rise to 467 feet at the northeast tip then dip at the other three corners, with a large courtyard in the center. It's designed to open up views and natural daylight to every residential unit in the building.  Each unit has either a balcony or a bay window giving all tenants access to incredible views.  The courtyard will be available to both residents and the public, and provide insulated green space to a part of the city short on parks.