VIΛ 57 West, structured by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group for the Durst Organization, acquaints another typology with New York City: the Courtscraper. The 830 000 sq ft highrise consolidates the thickness of the American high rise with the mutual space of the European yard, offering 709 private units with a lavish 22 000 sq ft garden at the core of the structure.
VIΛ possesses about a full city obstruct at the edge of West 57th Street and the West Side Highway, with continuous perspectives towards the Hudson River Park and the waterfront. The Durst Organization dispatched BIG to structure a structure for the site in the spring of 2010, and development initiated in 2011. The 32-story building has invited inhabitants since May 2016 with the development finishing this Fall. Prior this year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named VIΛ the Best Tall Building in the Americas as a component of its 2016 Tall Buildings Award.
We are extremely amped up for the structure, and the action has surpassed our desires as far as speed and the rents. We generally were excited with the structure yet significantly more so now.” Douglas Durst, The Durst Organization
The VIΛ Courtscraper is a mixture between the European edge square and the conventional American highrise. The structure tops at 450 feet at its north-east corner, subsequently expanding the quantity of condos and benevolently protecting the adjoining Helena Tower’s perspectives on the stream. VIΛ’s volume changes relying upon the watcher’s vantage point. From the west, it is a hyperbolic paraboloid or a distorted pyramid. From the east, the Courtscraper gives off an impression of being a thin tower.
The common green space at the core of the square is gotten from the great Copenhagen ‘urban desert garden’. The yard has precisely the same extents as Olmsted’s park, only multiple times littler – a bonsai Central Park. In a comparative aggregation of regular scenes, the yard changes from a concealed backwoods in the east, to a bright glade in the west. Structured via scene engineering firm Starr White house, it highlights 80 recently planted trees and gardens, and 47 types of local plant material.
In late decades, the absolute most fascinating urban advancements have come as nature and open space, reinserting themselves once again into the postindustrial pockets, opening up around the city; the pedestrianization of Broadway and Times Square; the bike paths, the High Line and the mechanical docks moving toward parks. Situated at the northern tip of the Hudson River Park, VIΛ proceeds with this procedure of greenification permitting open space to attack the urban texture of the Manhattan city lattice. In an impossible combination of what is by all accounts two fundamentally unrelated typologies – the yard and the high rise, the Courtscraper is the latest expansion to the Manhattan horizon.
The structure likewise includes a supplementing eight-story design by Stephen Glassman entitled “Streams Two Ways,” tied down on the façade of the neighboring Helena tower. When finished, the ground floor business space will host such open conveniences as a café from the Livanos Restaurant Group, a Landmark Theaters motion picture film and the first U.S. retail location for the American Kennel Club.