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BIG selected to design Manhattan residential building

A new building for the Manhattan skyline will be designed by Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in their first north American project.

Property developer Durst Fetner Residential today unveiled the company’s designs for the West 57 building, a 600-unit 0.08 km2 residential building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.

The building is described as a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, in a unique shape which combines the advantages of both.

Durst Fetner Residential chief executive Hal Fetner said: “It’s extraordinarily exciting to build a building whose architecture will attract visitors from around the globe.

“BIG’s design is innovative, evocative and unique and the building’s beauty is matched only by its efficient and functional design that preserves existing view corridors while maximising the new building’s access to natural light and views of the Hudson River. West 57th will establish a new standard for architectural excellence and its creative design, sustainable construction and operations, breathtaking views and distinctive amenities will make it New York’s most sought after residential address.”

The founder of BIG Bjarke Ingels said that the building would fit into New York becoming “an increasingly green and livable city”.

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