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Coordinates: 40°46′16.8″N 73°59′35″W / 40.771333°N 73.99306°W / 40.771333; -73.99306

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VIA 57 West
VIA 57 West - exterior.jpg
Via 57 West from the West Side Highway
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Alternative names Pyramid, West 57th, W57, West57, Tetrahedron
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Architectural style Modern
Town or city Manhattan, New York City
Country United States
Construction started 2013
Completed 2016
Architectural 467 ft (142.3 m)
Tip 467 ft (142.3 m)
Top floor 355 ft (108.2 m)
Technical details
Material concrete
Floor count 34
Floor area 830,995 sq ft (77,200 m2)
Lifts/elevators 11
Design and construction
Architect Bjarke Ingels Group (DIG)(BIC)
Developer The Durst Organization
Engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Main contractor Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Awards and prizes 2016 CTBUH Tall Building Awards:
Best Tall Building Americas
Other information
Parking 285

VIA 57 West (marketed as VIΛ 57WEST) is a residential building located at 625 West 57th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City. The pyramid shaped tower block or "tetrahedron", designed by the Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), rises 467 ft (142 m) and is 35 stories tall.


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Under construction in July 2015
Louisiana Museum - West 57 project
Bjarke Ingels's model for the West 57 project

Bjarke Ingels met the New York developer Douglas Durst in the early 2000s when he was in Denmark. Durst, who visited Ingels' Copenhagen studio in February 2010, found him very inventive, noting that unlike other architects, "What was striking about his work was that each design was so different, and designed for the locale."

In spring 2009, Durst Fetner Residential commissioned BIG to bring a new residential typology to Manhattan. In 2011, BIG opened an office in New York to supervise W57's development and construction. According to The New York Times, the name was chosen "because the southbound West Side Highway slopes down as drivers enter the city, right at the spot where the building is situated", serving as an entrance to Manhattan "via 57th".


VIA 57 West is Ingels's first New York project. From Manhattan, the 709-unit building resembles a distorted pyramid with a steeply sloped facade, rising 467 feet (142 m) toward the northeast. Across the river in Weehawken, New Jersey, the building's sloped facade gives the appearance of an extra large sailing vessel making its way across the Hudson River.

With its angular balconies around an integrated green plaza, the block will connect with the waterfront and the Hudson River Park, taking full account of the surroundings while providing fine views with little traffic noise. The building has a floor area of 861,000 square feet (80,000 m2) including residential and retail programming. The northern facade of the building features a number of balconies skewed at a 45-degree angle, a pattern employed in Ingels's previous works, such as the VM Houses in the Ørestad section of Copenhagen.

Other features

Landmark Theatres runs an eight screen theatre on the ground floor of the building.


  • 2016 CTBUH Tall Building Awards: Best Tall Building Americas
  • 2016 International Highrise Award


Further reading

  • BIG Architects, Bjarke Ingels Group Projects 2001–2010, Design Media Publishing Ltd, 2011. ISBN: 978-9881973863.
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