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.
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