Via 57 West

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

Location: New York, New York

Category: Multifamily Housing (category three)

Creating a new typology, the “courtscraper," VIA 57 WEST combines the advantages of the European perimeter block and the traditional Manhattan high-rise.

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VIA 57 WEST creates a new typology—the “courtscraper.” VIA combines the advantages of the European perimeter block and the traditional Manhattan high-rise: the compactness, density, and intimacy of a classic 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 peak, the courtyard opens views towards the Hudson River, bringing low western sun deep into the block and graciously preserving the adjacent tower’s views of the river.

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 east of the site. The sloping roof consists of a simple ruled surface perforated by terraces, each one unique and south-facing. Every apartment gets a bay window to amplify the benefits of the generous view and balconies.

"Very distinctive building that has become a new part of the city's recognized buildings. Certainly a confident and forward looking building."—Jury comment

Additional information

Owner: The Durst Organization

Design architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

Architect of record: SLCE Architects

General sontractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Engineer (civil): Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Engineer (structural): Thornton Tomasetti

Engineer (MEP): Dagher

Engineering landscape: Starr Whitehouse

Façade: Enclos

Building envelope: Vidaris Inc.

Lighting: Brandston Partnership Inc.

Window washing: Entek Sub-Slab

Depressurization system: Roux Associates Inc.

Transportation engineering: Philip Habib & Associates Signature

Marketing services: Nancy Packes Inc.

Wayfinding: Nice Kern & Luminant

Design branding: IF Studio

Vertical transportation: Van Deusen & Associates

Acoustical: Cerami & Associates

Wing engineering & air quality: CPP Inc.

Environmental, planning, and engineering: AKRF Inc.

Jury

Katherine Williams, AIA, (Chair) Fifth Generation Holdings, Falls Church, Virginia

Joe Digrado, AIA, Danielian Associates, Irvine, California

Blake Held, AIA, Blake H. Held Architect, PLLC, Honeoye Falls, New York

Charles Mudede, The Stranger (Journalist), Seattle, Washington

David Perkes, AIA, Mississippi State University GCCDS, Biloxi, Mississippi    

Image credits

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Iwan Baan

01_W57_Image-by-Nic-Lehoux

Nic Lehoux

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Iwan Baan

06_VIA 57 WEST BY IWAN BAAN

Iwan Baan

04_VIA 57 WEST BY IWAN BAAN

Iwan Baan

VIA 57 WEST BY IWAN BAAN

Iwan Baan